My work is landscape based, yet not quite traditional. The images are usually closely cropped and edited to remove references of horizon and atmospheric perspective commonly dealt with in landscape. This creates issues of scale and interpretation, forcing the viewer to focus on composition rather than identification. I often mix reflected imagery with solid forms, begging the question of what is “real” and what is illusory. These are “realistic” images, yet often appear as abstractions.
My ‘intimate landscapes’ as I call them, are filled with the stuff that once occupied the lower, nearly throwaway corners of grand history paintings. The water and stones beneath the feet of heroes and saints have come to center stage for me yet feel just as eloquent and just as evocative. What we see there depends on how we choose to look at it. For me, it’s about what’s going on just beneath the surface, literally and metaphorically.
I am asking what principles underlie nature and give it its forms. And I am asking what this underlying structure has to do with us.
By creating with pastels and watercolor, I am charmed to be using the same elements of dust and water that I am drawn to paint.
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