An original 12" x 12" mixed media painting utilizing collage, graphite, acrylic, and blockprinting, When Kingfishers Catch Fire ships unframed on a wooden panel.


A multilayered composition inspired by a Gerard Manly Hopkins poem with so many details to discover including decorative papers, collage, and childrens' drawings. 


As Kingfishers Catch Fire



As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; 

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells 

Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's 

Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; 

Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: 

Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; 

Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, 

Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came. 


I say móre: the just man justices; 

Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces; 

Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is — 

Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places, 

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his 

To the Father through the features of men's faces.


When Kingfishers Catch Fire