O'Kane FINE ART > Observation

When we engage in a drawing practice, we are intentionally training our mind. The act of drawing and alert observation changes our consciousness as we lean into the act of creating. How we develop our practice is not determined by our actions alone. It is also governed by our mindset, our state of being, and by the quality of our attitude towards the act of drawing. The substance of our determined approach is the source of all our actions and behaviors.

As the viewer we are invited to engage in the act of observing what is there to be seen in a drawing, a process that calls us to translate what we see and to search for meaning. As with all forms of visual art and design, drawings are often like mirrors that teach us something about ourselves, our environment, or our culture. My drawings are reflections on physical objects that are created both by humans and the natural world. I focus on the subjects’ unique characteristics–their form and beauty. They are contemplations on how we as humans reveal ourselves through the objects we create and possess, as well as our relationship to the natural environment.

Anthropocene Contemplation
Graphite on paper
11" x 9"
2020
$600
Sea Urchins
Graphite on paper
2021
Mom's Glass Sugar Jar
Graphite on paper
2021
Mom's Blue Pitcher
Ink on paper
2021
Black Locust Bean Pods and Scrap Rubber Tire
Graphite on paper
9" x 12"
2021
$500
First Cucumber
Graphite on paper
2020
Spooning
Graphite on paper
2020
A Couple
Graphite on paper
2020
Maple Tree Circle
Graphite on paper
2020
Hadlock Brook Bridge
Graphite on paper
2020
Mom's Glass Jar
Graphite on paper
2020