return of the painted desert project

i returned to work last week after a 3 month break where i got to get art up in perth, australia, oakland, philly + hotchkiss, colorado (population 923).  it took a little getting used to but by the end of the week i was getting my patient care groove back.  people ask me sometimes whether there’s any carry over between my work as a doctor and the public art project i’m doing.  it’s one thing to say “yeah, i get to use both sides of my brain in a complimentary manner attempting to create a state of wellness + restore balance so people can walk in beauty and to actually interact with people and feel their appreciation that i’m back.  and back i am!

the painted desert project will kick off in a few weeks with an outstanding line up of artists + carpenters including monica canilao (oakland + detroit), doodles (new mexico + washington state), jorael elliot (phoenix + l.a.), troy lovegates (montreal + san francisco), jaz (buenos aires, argentina), labrona (montreal, canada) and hyuro (valencia, spain).   i’m thankful for people in the community who have expressed a willingness to work with the visiting artists.  it should be an awesome season so stay tuned!



IMG_7524 IMG_7526 IMG_7534 in route to the grand canyon

ohkay owingeh pueblo

ohkay owingeh (12.11)


there’s a billboard i’ve become attracted to on highway 89 north in antelope hills.  i got a piece up onto it about a year ago.  the woman who works at the trading post initially hated the idea of having rodeo bullfighters pictured on the billboard.  with support from customers who liked it, she tolerated it.  it occurred to me it’s time to change it out which i thought i’d do last weekend but because i had friends visiting, it didn’t happen.  then today, i looked at my 3 mockups from a couple weeks ago once more and realized i really like the original choice, which isn’t the print i’ve been cutting out for the past week.   now i’m waiting for the arrival of the new print.

in the meantime, my primary camera is broken.  i’m thankful it didn’t happen during the 3 months of travel i recently completed.  waiting for my camera to be repaired and the new print to arrive, i’m in a holding pattern which has allowed me to look back through old digital prints.  though the image above comes from a christmas eve celebration at ohkay owingeh pueblo north of santa fe, i fell in love with it again.

falling in love again…

sacred sites not for sale

the navajo nation was considering building a resort at the confluence of the little colorado river and the colorado river on the east rim of the grand canyon.  it was opposed by traditionalists on and off the reservation who viewed this as a desecration of a sacred site and it was opposed by environmentalists.  we learned late this winter that the tribe dropped it’s plan to pursue the resort resulting in a win for the coalition of traditionalists and environmentalists.

save the confluence!

for more information, check this may 2nd posting on the save the confluence blog.

white mesa

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marilyn + gregory


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the bahe ketchum code talker piece i put up about 18 months ago when i discovered that my neighbor, friend and coworker had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.





my good friend, marilyn came to visit with her boyfriend, gregory.  it was great getting to spend time with them and to laugh in one of my favorite spots near my house – atop white mesa.  i’ve had an incredible 3 month mini sabbatical where i got to go to australia with a bunch of the artists who have been here over the past 2 years taking part in a street art festival in perth.  from there i traveled to oakland, philly + hotchkiss, colorado (population 923) meeting incredible people and getting art up.

it feels good to return home, to see my son + to see people from the community as i prepare to return to work monday. however, while all that’s happening the first artists for the painted desert project will be coming out in about a month.  it should be an awesome summer and fall.

so welcome to the new site + here we go…

edu millieris



owen at the little colorado gorge overlook


king fowler

king fowler at the old red lake trading post



jc in red lake

jc in red lake



king fowler by nils westergard

king fowler in red lake.  painting by nils westergard


photographer edu millieris visited the southwest this spring and found some painted desert project installations which he re-interpreted.  i’ve never met him and got these images off of facebook.

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