Welcome to Stone Forms Art Paintingsby Daniel Larson
I earned a BFA in sculpture from Boise State University in 1997. During my sculpture years I was most influenced by the English sculptor Henry Moore and while I have turned to painting instead of sculpture in recent years he remains as the artist who has influenced me the most. This background drives my interests in painting and I have found my most fertile ideas in the forms of rocks. In particular, I have derived great pleasure painting hoodoos and concretions.
Hoodoos are formed when a hard layer of rock, caprock, is more resistant to weathering than the softer layer of stone under it. This results in balanced rocks that are referred to as hoodoos. Thus far the richest source of hoodoo material for my paintings has come from Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. The shapes are fantastic and the colors rich in orange and red.
Concretions are formed in sedimentary rock as minerals that are suspended in water precipitate out of the water around a nucleus, such as a fossil. The minerals that are deposited are harder than the surrounding rock and so, as the surrounding rock weathers, the concretions emerge. Concretions typically form in spherical, ovoid, or tubular shapes. The contrast between a spherical, or semi-spherical object and the surrounding rock is fascinating.
Besides concretions and hoodoos, I enjoy painting rocks of interesting form wherever I can find them. For a time I lived in New Mexico and found many fascinating rocks in the northwestern part of the state, between Albuquerque and Farmington.