I have forever loved landscapes: gentle, romantic, solemn, spacious. I have lived many experiences across the American landscape. I am drawn to transition spaces, where water and land interact, the in-between spaces, the vast Florida Everglades of my youth, the salt marshes of the Low Country in South Carolina, and now the Bay Area wetlands. These spaces are transitory, changing from by the hour. Their effects are elusive.
I take these spaces and reduce them to their most basic elements, playing with landscape through the lens of abstraction. Sometimes I layer graphic, geometric shapes atop a serene vista. This keeps the viewer at the 2 dimensional surface of the painting while the landscape draws the viewer into the picture plane. Thus a tension is created.
In our modern, fast paced lives, there is little time and space for introspection. My paintings offer viewers a moment of quiet. I hope to open a space within them, where introspection can occur.
a. I am a painter. My process is slow and introspective. It requires spending time out in nature. Then spending time alone to synthesize natures evocations.
b. My audience are those who, stuck at their desks, here the siren call of nature, who glance out the window and off into the horizon. I want to create moments of respite, space in which to be introspective.
c. Art is a journey and never a destination. To better my work, I attempt to maintain a practice, a time to myself to paint, sketch, be out in nature, look at art or read about art.
d. We rely heavily on technology here in the Bay Area. Our lives are fast and we take respites where we can. If seeing my paintings opens up space for someone to be introspective, then I am happy.
LANDSCAPES WITH GEOMETRIC OVERLAY
Sometimes I layer graphic, geometric shapes atop a serene vista. This keeps the viewer at the 2 dimensional surface of the painting while the landscape draws the viewer into the picture plane. Thus a tension is created.
In these paintings I reduce the vocabulary of a landscape, blurring out the horizon line. What remains is a weighted atmosphere that is still heavily grounded.
These landscapes are directly referential, evoking specific moods of specific places.