Saturday, October 12, 2019

Lethe- The River & Godess of Forgetting

The Goddess of Forgetting, Monotype Print by Brian Fisher
"Long ago you kissed the names of the nine muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue
or even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall

well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle."

From the poem “Forgetfulness” and the book of poems - Questions About Angels, by Billy Collins.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cygnus, Vashon Center for the Arts- Live Auction

"Cygnus", my Rust Monotype Print, will be in the Vashon Center for the Arts live auction, “Masquerade: A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, September 21, 6:45-8:45 pmHere's what the schedule looks like for this year's annual fundraiser. 

Doors open at 5:30 pm at VCA, Vashon Island WA.  
Live auction tickets are $50.  
Silent Auction & Appetizers, 5:30-6:30 pm.
Golden ticket raffle sales $100., (100 tickets only) for $2,500. towards an art purchase or a week in a Paris apartment.
Live auction viewing while enjoying specialty cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers.
Live auction, 6:45-8:45 pm. 

“Cygnus” represents transformation and is a Rust Monotype with 24k gold on vintage linen mounted over a coped wooden panel. 
My father’s voice first conjured the mythic stories of Ursa major and minor, the Pleiades, Andromeda and Cygnus into my consciousness while we lay on our backs in the grass of my grandparent’s Kansas farm, gazing up through night binoculars.
Cygnus is one of the most recognizable and brightest constellations in the Northern sky from June to December.  Look up. Of course those are wings, a beak and tail!  Yes, I see a swan!
In one Greek myth, Cygnus was Phaethon’s lover.  When Phaethon died by Zeus’s lightening bolt (he had scorched the earth while driving his father’s Sun chariot), Cygnus was inconsolable and was changed by grief.
Ovid  writes in Metamorphoses II, “As Cygnus mourned, his voice became thin and shrill, and white feathers hid his hair. His neck grew long, stretching out from his breast, his fingers reddened and a membrane joined them together. Wings clothed his sides, and a blunt beak fastened on his mouth."
"Cygnus became a new kind of bird: but he put no trust in the skies, or in Zeus, for he remembered how that god had unjustly hurled his flaming bolt.
Instead, Cygnus looked for marshes and broad lakes, and in his hatred of flames chose to inhabit the river that would quench fire.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ouroboros, monotype print, symbol of eternity.

Ouroboros, the snake that swallows its tail, is emblematic of eternity.  He is the world serpent who circles the earth in his coils and represents the duality of existence and the eternal unity of all things.  As concept and symbol the Ouroboros exits in Egyptian and Greek myth, Christian Gnosticism and was a common myth of indigenous people of South America.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Kronos, Threshold Guardian

Kronos, painted steel Threshold Guardian, garden art.

Thresholds are boundaries between worlds.  They are liminal because they are neither here nor there, in or out. They represent end and they are beginning.  They may exist as physical boundaries, the wood or stone lintel at your feet, but are also embodiment of the worlds where the unconscious and awakened consciousness meet. They are time out of time.

Once upon a time I ran. I was fast enough to win some races.  What I remember best about those experiences were out of body movement towards a simple goal, a finish line. The guardian of the threshold was time himself.

I have been working on new interpretations of personal threshold guardians.  Above is my take on Kronos, “Father Time” (watches and clocks were once called chronographs). Kronos is for me the running man, embodiment of the race, our dance in time and my own experience of timelessness.

Friday, August 23, 2019


Enki, The Great One.  Also known as Ea in Babylonian mythology, Enki is the Sumerian god of water, knowledge, mischief and creation.  He's part if my series about Babylonian sky maps.  Enki is a mixed media rust print over panel.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Exoressions Northwest Exhibition

Expressions Northwest Exhibition.  David Sessions, Juror at Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, Washington.  Aug.1 - Sept. 1.  Here are four of the five monotype prints I an fortunate to have in this thoughtful exhibit.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Greening

This is my monotype print "The Greening".  I'm working on other images, subjects, but the Green Man keeps appearing!  Obviously he is emblematic of - A New Green Deal  
If we are to have a future it is imperative that we focus on mitigation of human impact on Earth's climate. Make Earth Green Again, MEGA!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

VIVA Garden Totems, Vashon Strawberry Festival 2019

VIVA, Vashon Island's Visual Artists organization, will be selling Garden Totems during 
Vashon's Strawberry Festival this Saturday, Sunday July 20-2i1, 2019!

Each one is unique and hand-crafted by Vashon Island artists. Proceeds go towards funding organizational projects, functions and VIVA Scholarships.  The Totems will sell for $175. each.

Below is my contribution, Byzantium in Red! Come looks us over and check out our raffle too, booth A-19!


Monday, June 10, 2019

Night Out at "In and Out, Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island"

I am posting a few images from the Vashon Heritage Museum's opening of "In and Out, Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island", June 7, 2019!  The exhibit will run though March of 2020.

Deb Phillimore, Ellen Kritsman. Stephen Sila, Jesica De Wire, Bruce Haulman and the inspired advisory board they assembled have created a very special and colorful exhibit.

Here are some photos from the opening night - wall to wall people having fun, celebrating Vashon Island and the many worlds that collide to make this island truly unique!

Thank you Stephen Sila for inviting me to create the print and sculpture window installations for this Vashon Heritage Museum exhibition and to be a part of this celebration!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Ninmah, "The Mother"

June, 2019, VIVA presents an all member show at the Hardware Store Restaurant, Vashon, WA.  Opening night- June 7th from 6-9 pm. 

My mixed media rust print image in this venue is Ninmah, “The Mother” from my series about Babylonian sky maps. 

Ninmah had many names, as old gods and goddesses often do.  Some of her names are Ninmah, (Great Queen), Nintu, (Lady of Birth), Mamma or Mami, (Mother) and Aruru (Lady of the Gods).


Monday, April 29, 2019

VIVA 2019 Spring Art Tour

Vashon artists participating in the 2019 Spring VIVA Studio Tour are prepping their art studios and finishing work to sell Sat-Sun, May 4-5 & 11-12, 2019 from 10am-5pm.  If you live on Vashon this event is free!  If not, for the price of a ferryboat ticket, you will find 33 studios and galleries displaying inspiring work from over 100 Vashon Island artists. 

This year Brian Fisher Studio is #16. Link to the VIVA art map and preview all the studios you will want to see.

Above is Notre Dame, 1/12, an original digital print from my growing series exploring sacred place and circle.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In and Out "Anthem"

On June 7, 2019 the Vashon Island Heritage Museum will open IN AND OUT: Being LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈 on Vashon Island.  

The exhibit is interactive and collaborative with a series of programs that examine and celebrate the long, quiet history of LGBTQ+ people of Vashon-Maury Island.  Stephen Sila and Ellen Kritzman are co-curators of this wonderful show and I'm honored to have been asked to be part of it.

You might like to participate as a patron of this historic exhibition here- GoFundMe.

I have been working this past week at the studio of my generous and talented friends Ilse and Hartmut Reimnitz.  They are both busy finishing artwork for the all island VIVA Studio Tour, May 4-5 & 11-12. I thank them for making room for me to work on the 10+, 25 x 37 in. images that are my contribution to "In and Out".   

Above are details from Anthem, two large collagraph/monotype prints.  Anthem is my take on songs of pride, self discovery and empowerment that gay friends have shared with me.  In particular Anthem is about a song that showed up on several lists of coming out songs, "Small Town Boy" by Bronski Beat.