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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 2, 2002 - Issue 73


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Bill Worrell

credits: (Photo by Wyman Meinzer)
The walls of Worrell's house in Art, Texas reflect an influence of his Lower Pecos experiences.
The walls of Worrell's house in Art, Texas reflect an influence of his Lower Pecos experiences.A warm and friendly outdoorsman with a flair for humor and satire, Worrell is energized by the elements in life that surround him. He maintains two full-time studios, one in Santa Fe and one in Texas. His studio on the banks of the Llano river in Art, Texas is a synthesis of New Mexico, Texas, and designs inspired by his life-long passion for archeology.

He is presently writing a book about his years of educational, business, emotional, and spiritual dealings in the fascinating world of fine art and is continuing such writings as appear in his book Voices From The Caves - The Shamans Speak.

"I have amalgamated representations from the San Juan Basin, the Colorado River Basin, the Four Corners area, and Texas because to me the influences and evolutions of Freemont, Anasazi, Mogollon, Mimbres, and Lower Pecos river Indian art are obvious, and I acknowledge that this is the opinion of an artist and not the opinion of some archaeological scholars.

"People ask me, 'What do these ancient paintings mean?' I don't know. What does a Helen Frankenthaler mean? What do R.C. Gormans and Doug Wests and Fritz Scholders and Mimbres' pots mean? Why do we consider ourselves so different from past peoples? Maybe they, too, painted for the same reasons that we do. They can't come forward, and we can't back up so we can never really know. What beauty lies within this mystery!

Hidden Mysteries by Bill Worrell"I have always had an involvement with the Land. I came from the Land, must return to the Land. There is an inescapable obligation to the Land, an unavoidable, unexplainable co-existence with it. I have had a life long love affair with the Land which has compelled me to draw it, paint it, sculpt it, to reshape its substances into vessels and microcosmic portraits of the Land itself, and either due to convention, a lack for a better word, or wistfulness of some sort, I label this minute rearrangement of the Land 'Art'."

Learn more about Bill on his site:


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