Artist: Michael E. Murray
Medium: Watercolor and burned charcoal from Colorado fire
Size/Dimensions: 5" x 7" image; 10-1/2" x 12-1/2" matted and framed
Artist's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist's Phone Number: 907-235-0120
Artist's Address: 38195 Cookson Street, Homer Alaska 99603
I am a retired educator who now spends most of my available time in artistic pursuits in the areas of music and art. I am a signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society and member of other watercolor groups as well. I paint, draw and sculpt on a regular basis and play music both in groups and solo. I show my work in galleries in Homer, Kenai and Anchorage, Alaska currently.
"In Alaska after a fire there often appears both horsetail and fireweed. Fireweed holds the exposed ground as it grows upward sometimes to near human height. The new bright yellow-green shoots are edible...my daughter and grandchildren pickled some this year. As summer progresses the vivid lavender flowers appear, reminding us that winter will be upon us in a not too distant future. The bees hustle in the long northern daylight hours to make honey. Fireweed honey, a light and sweet nectar. Then, after the first heavy frost, the leaves of fireweed turn brilliant red and orange contrasting with deep green spruce and the yellows of birch leaves and puski leaves as fall approaches. Fireweed departs and renews with a final flourish of snow-like seedlings filling the air and our noses with fuzzy wonder and reminding us--winter is near.
Fireweed, holding together the fragile exposed soil, bringing us hope, nourishment and great beauty--Ashes to Art in nature."
Michael E. Murray
10 miles east of Homer, Alaska--amid the Fireweed. September 2012
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