Cathedral Rock is Cathedral Magic. One might claim that Sedona began 350 million years ago. That’s how long it has taken for Nature to form our red rocks by earth thrusts, sea changes, and erosion forces. Or maybe 1000’s of years ago, when primitive hunter-gatherers painted their wall art, of course, I don’t imagine them using oil or acrylics and doing contemporary landscape paintings, as I have and I’m sure they didn’t make art prints.
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They evolved into the Native Americans we know as Sinagua, who farmed and traded with faraway tribes. In a Faraway place and time, the ancient wind began to blow rose-colored sand grains into magnificent mesas of crimson that ultimately birthed rock formations and pinnacles, sculpted by wind and water into monuments of Timeless Beauty called Sedona. And this is where Cathedral Rock lives.
Cathedral Magic is just one version of this iconic formation known as Cathedral Rock. I cropped Cathedral Magic from the original which is “Fire in the Sky.” In fact, I’ve painted Cathedral Rock in five different versions. “Creekside Cathedral” which is the one that Warner Bros. licensed from me to use for their new media series “Snatchers.” SNATCHERS is a horror comedy series about high schooler Sara, who wakes up pregnant…with an alien baby. Now she’ll have to team up with her ex-best friend Hayley to fight the extraterrestrial threat and save the world. Another version is Sedona’s 1st Light.
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I created the painting of “Cathedral Rock“ from a photo given to me from some folks I met while dancing at the “Spirit Room” in Jerome, AZ. We started talking, and they said they just hiked Cathedral Rock photographing it. I asked if I could use it and do a painting of it and they said they’d be honored if I did, so I did! The other version of this landscape of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock is Church House Rock.