The explosive dance of the wild fire. Skies illuminate in spectacular hues of powdered smoke. Clouds of pink, carmine and amber billow upwards in an ethereal light. The sun’s form reveled in surreal shades through the ashen skies. The beauty and destruction, force and fragility of nature in one combined creative act.
Summers in the mountains out West have reached record breaking heatwaves in recent history. The drought and dry landscape gives fuel to relentless large scale wildfires. Vast and devastating in scale. Causing many Public and National Forest lands to close, home evacuations and homes lost, lives disrupted, roads closed, soils charred, landslides inevitable.
August 2018 caught me driving through a blaze on my way back from Utah to Denver passing through the Coal Hollow Fire in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Thousands of acres were burning. I saw the line of explosive flames coming over a mountain range and the brave firefighters digging trenches, chainsawing a fire break and trying to divert the wall of fire racing towards them. The drama and dance between humankind vs nature. An outcome unknown. Somewhere in this moment, I knew I found my next series of work.
On a personal note, my studio and home is located at 9k summit in the Colorado Rockies surrounded by Conifer and Aspen forests and wildfires are a real a possible threat that we fear each summer. Our firefighters are a cherished commodity in our mountain community.