Reflections and notes on the relationship of art to nature and of nature to art from along Warwoman Creek, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Katuah Province of Turtle Island, where the light, the dark, the seasons, the time of deep past, deep present and deep future all mix in alchemal mists to reveal and hide and transform these slopes, shaded coves, bright rivers, deep forests and me, and together sustain me and my art.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Photo Essay "This Line Drawn" receives award from C.J. Jung Society

Honorable Mention – C.J. Jung Society, “The Altar of the Earth: Essays Exploring the Intersection of Jungian Thought and Ecology.”

To see an earlier version of this essay click on “Part 2 – This Line Drawn”
and scroll down

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 18, 2014


The cold deepens. 
The fiery blush is gone. The world 
circles now 
around stones, bones.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Work Featured in Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment

Recent work from the Seedlight Series:

For 40 years I have been searching thru the layers, pealing them back, folding back their ragged corners, dissolving the patinas of their surfaces, scratching away the crusts, ashes and detritus, looking for ways the visible, the invisible, and the indivisible can be laid bare. I’ve always wanted answers; failing that, very good questions. At last I want revelation. Otherwise, I have no need for art. The word “seed” comes from the old English word”saed,” “that which may be sown; offspring, posterity,”  and in these works I have felt I have been opening a very old space within my chest.

The series began as I was preparing a workshop in the summer of 2014, “Drawing From Our Own True Nature,”  a workshop designed to offer students a glimpse into what it’s like to approach image making and understanding as if there were not such definite borders between the natural world around us and and our experience inside ourselves. As I began to define and clarify ways I might lead students into an experience that for me was wholly internal and intuitive, the vocabulary in these paintings began to develop in the studio.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FALL WORKSHOP: Drawing From Our Own True Nature - November 8-9, 2014


November 8 - 9, 2014

in the North Georgia Mountains

Join artist poet Laurence Holden and eleven others for a weekend following a path through the brilliant fall forest, walking, drawing, listening, touching,  writing and singing into our own true nature.
Each day we will strike out on foot from Kawani, Laurence's home and studio in the North Georgia Mountains, to discover the rhythms and patterns in nature that resonate within us each and every one in ways that are singular to each of us and call us to know ourselves more intimately and more clearly.

TUITION: $200.00

Learn more & sign up online at  https:/

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It's a good week when...

It’s a good week when it’s filled with the smell of turpentine and oil, the smear and jab and drag and scumble of oil paint, -  and six new paintings! Something my dear friend Judy Barber mentioned at lunch a few weeks ago, may have something to do with the clarity with which they developed - that in “real painting” [my term, not her’s], we paint the space that is inside us: the way a slathered area of Payne’s Grey, so much like the darkness that rises inside; the way a rag soaked in turps wipes into that revealing submerged glowing yellow and burnt oranges; the way a life is both revealed and hidden in layers.

"Three Seeds," o/c 12"h. x 9"w.

"as yet untitled #1," o/c 14"h. x 11"w.

"as yet untitled #2," o/c 20"h. x 16"w.

"Summer Seeds," o/c 20"h. x 16"w.

"as yet untitled #3," o/c 12" x 12"

"as yet untitled #4," o/c with pencil. 18"h. x 14"w.