Blake Richardson has a strong connection to nature and his EarthArt imagery serves as an exercise to encourage and inspire all of us to stay open and receptive to our relationship with the natural world.
For his Earth Sculpture, Blake Richardson finds naturally shaped stones that inspire in him strong visions of animals, fairies, angels or other images. Using a minimal approach, Blake works with a fine brush and oil paints to enhance the features of the stone to bring out what he sees there. Driftwood cradles the stone for display. Using his camera to capture the natural forms of trees, clouds, water, Blake creates his Earthprints by minimally enhancing the photos with a fine brush and oil paints.
When we are children our openness allows us to be receptive to seeing the magic in the world around us. You may recall looking to the sky and playfully imagining what you could see in the passing clouds. 35 years ago I began to explore the potential of imagery emanating from other natural forms like rocks, trees, water and fire. The possibilities seemed endless to me and uncharted. When I first embarked upon this journey I was unaware that it would lead me to develop a sensitivity and understanding of a relationship with nature that to this day enriches my life with a sense of connection and purpose.
I realize now that I was following in the footsteps of ancient visionaries seeking direction from nature in this way. Imagery emanating from nature has inspired many artists in the past and its origins lie at the very seed of the first art ever created by man on the surface of cave walls.
My EarthArt imagery serves as an exercise to encourage and inspire others to stay open and receptive to this side of themselves. I attempt to raise awareness that what we see is a refection of ourselves and when we see ourselves reflecting in nature we strengthen our connection to the Earth.