LANDSCAPES ON CANVAS
I paint landscape-inspired work while ruminating on a world of increasingly volatile weather conditions and fragile, vanishing ecosystems. The processes of “disturbance” and “succession” in nature, as well as art historical representations of the natural elements are influences in my work.
The light is inextricably connected to the water, the land, and the atmosphere. These elements and the interconnectedness of living things have inspired me to create momentary, imagined, experienced, and idealized situations in my paintings. The fluid paint itself becomes a part of the landscape experience- the soil, the light, the sentiment- and it guides the forms that allude to the land.
I am drawn to how light shifts our perception of what surrounds us, creating halos of soft diffusion or pockets of ambiguity. I am intrigued by patterns and distortions in landscapes- where images of what is 'real' and what is 'reflected' are set adrift or submerged in a nebulous space. I marvel at the mystery that exists in the shadows and the emergence of light from darkness.
My current work is driven by the instability and state of flux in our world. In our contemporary lives, we deal with a myriad of unseen threats to our environment and future - radioactivity, genetically modified organisms, and drug-resistant pathogens are a few examples of these man-made disturbances. I feel compelled to create work that expresses a sense of urgency, while also celebrating the wonder found in the natural elements.