George Carlson

Always studying. Always creating. George followed the road less traveled and built the reality he envisioned. As a painter and sculptor, he lives and breaths his work every day. Whether he’s in his studio or in nature, he’s always working. New work inspired by his daily encounters.

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George adjusting a painting of one of his favorite parts of Washington called the Palouse.

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Often, this is where I saw George begin and end his day. The beginning and end of his day are similar. Jazz or Classical music playing from youtube. “I like to listen, and then see how far I can get replaying the pieces in my mind.”

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Most of his work starts as a sketch, then he works it into a small wax sculpture, and eventually a sizable bronze.

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George has dedicated a major part of his life to understanding the history and culture of Native Americans. Here is the profile of one of his subjects from his sculpture “Hopi Girls.”

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Checking the map before we hit mud trails to find unique perspectives of the palouse.

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He drives these empty dirt roads in wide open Washington state looking for future paintings. Every few minutes he would stomp on the brakes, jump out of the car, and shoot a few photos on his iphone. Later he would print these photos out and search for anything he could use for a painting.

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"No To Marxism" & "Anti Hate" Protest

Berkeley, CA

White Supremacy Equals Terrorism & White Silence Equals Violence

After the recent violence in Charlottesville I made an effort to track alt right demonstrations, as I wanted to see it for myself. I heard about a protest set to take place in Berkeley planned by people with similar far right ideologies.  I was prepared to see nazi flags and heard obscene remarks. It ended up being thousands of protestors from the left demanding peace, love, and equality while strongly denouncing white supremacy. Every now and then a few trump supporters would show up ready to instigate.

Militarized Police
Police Gather In Berkley under "Berkeley Stands United Againt Hate" Sign

From time to time groups would break out in violence when someone was spotted wearing Trump apparel. A lot of the violence at the protest was instigated by people dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered. Most of them had improvised weapons like long pieces of wood or plastic trash cans cut to make shields. While I was photographing part of the demonstration a young woman who seemed to be a part of this group elbowed my lens and then shoved me. They were not into photos...

Antifa In Berkeley
Woman Tried To Stop A Car Full Of White Nationalists From Leaving And Was Arrested
Police Officer In Riot Gear Prepared To Fire Gas Into The Crowd
Trump Supporter Hit By Leftist Protester

I watched a trump supporter get attacked by protesters yesterday as he tried to find his way out of the chaos. He ran towards a gas station for safety but the owner locked the door.  He realized there was no where to go and sat down outside as people gathered. He repeated, “are they going to help me?” I watched as this group preaching love and peace terrorized him. The guy said he watched his family and his friends lose their jobs over many years and as of recently they started getting them back. He said that he doesn’t think Donald Trump is perfect, but he’s done good for his family and friends. I watched camera shutters fire and news microphones being jabbed at his face while people berated him. Nothing about this experience resembled their message of love.

Trump Supporter Forced Away From Protest
Trump Supporter Cornered By Leftist Protestors