After the Fire, New Life
acrylic, ink, bronzing
powder, mica flakes
on 24 wooden boxes
(4" x 4" each)
The inspiration for this
series of images derives
from a pair of mountain
hikes on Santa Catalina
Island after a 2007 wildfire
swept down the ravines
threatening the town of
Avalon.  A hike through the
burn zone four months
after the fire revealed a
barren landscape littered
with blackened manzanita
skeletons and flattened
stands of prickly pear (as
well as the heartbreaking
sight of a marker
indicating where the body
of a rare Catalina Fox was
found).  Another hike
through the same region a
year later showed the
heartening signs of life in
renewal with green shoots
sprouting from the dark
sculptures remaining from
the burned trees and

These images (painted on
small boxes) are
dedicated to people who
persevere and live their life
with positive energy and
spirit in the face of
All images © Ron Orpitelli 2010