Artist biography for Rybird. About the artist and photographer, stories, background and behind the scenes.
About the birds.
I am in the city suburbs of the southern . U.S. but I have a family of wildlife, in a small area. The chickadees sing when I am preparing the feed, the redbirds waiting nearby, If I don't show up, they come get me. The squirrel runs and jumps on the bird bath and looks at me telling me with his tail to take notice that it needs water. The Mississippi kites say hello as they fly overhead and the stray cat asks permission with a sulky body gesture if he can stay longer to watch the birds. The sparrows are a family that lives in the cherry laurel tree and has one appointed as the guard sparrow that warns the others when I come outside. When I walk into the back yard, the birds scatter and take their positions in the trees. Each squirrel has a name and a personality, one will pop his head up asking me if I am going to disrupt his eating or am I just watching while the other runs home, the same way he always does, only one day to be stopped by a Coopers hawk hunting from the power line. The hawk raises his wings to warn the squirrel he is hunting but the squirrel uses his tail to tell him a human is near, The hawk looks at me, back at the squirrel and says ok and flies off to another spot while the squirrel continues home. This squirrel did that because I once wasn't paying attention and I interrupted his escape path unknowingly. I am always learning, watching, and I feed them before I feed myself. I have had birds trapped in bird feeders, in my truck and one die from the heat. I try to always rescue them from their predicament. I keep the areas clean to keep the parasites down and move things around, and never give them more than they absolutely need. We have four redbird pairs, five squirrels , four doves, 20 sparrows, two chickadees, the others, come and go and when there is a hawk, the sparrows hide in the holly bush and the mockingbird chirps his daring chirp from the top of the magnolia tree. I understand what the animals say and they only know my habits and movements. They are wild and full of fear, and joy, fear that they will get eaten if they don't pay attention and joy, as they can sing and fly and the ones that don't fly, like the squirrels are always smiling, except at the cat. Poor stray cat. no one likes her, yet they are loved. I have learned a great deal about myself, people and the universe by watching and contemplating nature with an open heart and an open mind. Ry
I create art to feel alive, I create art because I feel alive.
The creative process.
The entire creative process, whether it be art, photography, music or any other form didn't begin with me until I had surrendered my way and will. Some of the best advice I ever received was when I had reach a point of despair, and someone said to me, “Why don't you try letting life happen instead of making life happen.” I was able to try that then as I had nothing to lose and up to that point, fear of letting go was in the way. And I found life along with living with myself to be acceptable after ceasing fighting everything and everybody.
Still to this day, I can be my own worst enemy, as all blocks to any creative success or any area of my life have been myself. My old ways of thinking creeps up, the ego, and “I” get in the way.
By surrendering my self and my ways, the door was opened, desire is born, and life begins anew with creativity. The painters canvas starts with a blank canvas, just like a photographer starts with a fresh roll of film, or flash card these days, and I reached that point.
So now I begin each day I try to employ these principles. By not creating a personal agenda, I have free creative space. And a clean palette for the day doesn't relieve me from responsibilities, instead it frees me up to meet them. I find the most important asset of the entire creative process is being available. I need to be available to receive, and to stay out of the way. Instead of making it happen, let it happen. And it has been working for me, and I am thankful.