I am going to steal a line or two from the acknowledgment in my 1998 book, “Texas Sky”, and describe the sky as I see it. “….A shroud of mystery and element of hope”.
I well recall a time over 50 years ago when I would gaze into a summer sky in wonderment, watching with awe the maneuvers and churning of those great white battleships in that spacious ocean above. Although I did not understand what made those elegant clouds roll and churn, the fascination that I felt was a prelude to a lifetime of hopeless fascination with the dynamics of a power so great that even in these times of fantastic scientific achievements we still wither in the wake of a sky that has gone wild.
In “Texas Sky”, “Between Heaven and Texas” and “Inspiration Texas Style”, the images published therein are the visual expressions that resulted from that lifetime obsession nurtured over 5 decades as a student of our great land and sky. To once again pillage my own words in Texas Sky, “…I have come to view the sky as a great amphitheater in which are played some of the greatest dramas know to humanity….I am forever intrigued by the mysterious transformation from the mundane to a show “Which would charm the lover of Rembrandt”.
Through the millenniums mankind has expressed some level of intrigue that has manifested itself in many ways not the least being through early day paintings of the west with a surreal sky and fantastic light radiating over a wild and surly land. What encourages this intrigue can only be known from the explanation of every person who is asked and I would guess the answers would be varied. Color, unbridled power, cloud structure, or simply the mesmerizing effect of a celestial body so colossal that we shrink in its wake, all potential interpretations from mortal beings gazing upward.
I offer you here a glimpse into a wildness unparalleled in its combined beauty and potential might and I think you just may agree that, “this is a tribute to the singular most dynamic and spectacular natural phenomenon which has mesmerized and inspired Texans for untold centuries”.