Rivers and Tides – Ode to Andy Goldworthy

Andy Goldworthy has long been my favorite landscape artist. I have watched his award-winning documentary, “Rivers and Tides” numerous times. I love that it is a quiet film…letting his powerful artwork speak for itself. I had recently watched this again right before my last trip down the Grand Canyon, inspiring my own ephemeral artwork in a side canyon. I’ve often wondered if anyone else saw this, added to it or took their own pictures.

Ever After

Ever After, an in-progress image.

This is how I work. I gather everything from around my studio that I think might “go” with the piece I’m working on.

Arrange and rearrange. Repeat numerous times.

Walk away. Let the changes sink in.

Maybe even move the piece into my house so I can look at it in a different light. In a different mood. Get feedback from friends who stop by.

Everyone has a story to tell, art is my first language.



Time Flies

Time Flies

In tribute to all my friends and classmates during our 30th high school class reunion,

Happy Jubilee! It’s been great to see you all and reconnect.




© 2009 Jodie Atherton

“Time Flies”

Ceramics, watches, barbed wire

15 x 13 x 9″

photo by BHP Imaging

Collection of Wyoming Technology and Business Center



This is one of my favorite sculptures I have made. I have not spent as much time on sailboats as I would like, so whenever I see them, I reflect on the time I have and dream of being rocked to sleep… This boat is made from an old oak planter that fell apart in my yard. The texture of the wood, the blue glass beads from my trip to Turkey, handmade paper rolled into waves and an old silk shirt are just some of the reclaimed items in this piece.

Chocolate swirls

Chocolate swirls. What a fun surprise when I opened this chocolate bar from New Zealand, a thoughtful birthday gift from a dear friend. I expected to see the familiar little squares of dark chocolate I am accustomed to, but this is so much better! Especially as it reminds me of muddy, high water spring runoff on the river. I am so excited when designers take an extra step to make things beautiful as well as delicious. Thank you for making my day. I wonder what design awaits me on the other bar I have yet to open…

Bumble bees.

Spring in Laramie. The windows and doors are open! For the afternoon anyway… The bees are buzzing around the dandylions, and, as a result of the fragrant, fresh air entering my space, for the first time this spring, I overheard an excited little girl exclaim, “Look! It’s the bumble bee car! Jodie lives here!”

Shooting stars in the desert

It’s good to go on holiday – aka vacation.

To get away from the everyday and be reminded of the magic

The magic of sunsets in a new place

The magic of afternoon naps in the front seat of the car on a cold, windy day

The magic of birds chirping and owls hooting as winter fades to spring

The magic of coyotes howling as the light changes in the desert

The magic of doing nothing, nothing but simply living

The magic of no phone reception for days on end

The magic of rejuvenation

The magic of soothing soaks in hot springs


These all do wonders to ease my mind and body of stiffness and rigidity

So grateful to see a shooting star while soaking after waking up from a nap in the hot springs…I had the place to myself, just me and my dad

Gifts to give

My art is myself.
So personal.
From deep down within.
My deep love for the way I see the word.
They way I wish the world really was at times.
Blue. Water.
Freedom for all. Colors
to fill my heart with joy.
My true self sparkles
when people are open and willing to receive the gifts I have to give.
I have many gifts. Oh so many.

Thanks to BHP Imaging for the great image.