My work reflects inspirations drawn from the natural world, from rock formations of major rift zones to landscapes of the western plains - and utilizes an intellectual, technical and emotional process that moves from representation toward abstraction. Throughout this process, my intention is to expose an impression of nature, generated by a response to the forces behind the natural landscapes left behind after dramatic geological change. The original inspiration of these landscapes - what is visible on the surface - suggests at the energy and phenomena that occurred under the surface but has come to rest, appearing immutable and quiet. Spending time immersed in these landscapes has taught me how the natural phenomena mirrors the experience of being human. As we are constantly shifting emotional and spiritual beings, the surface of our appearance reveals little of the changing terrain underneath the surface as we explore what it means to be alive. Technically, the paintings are created by staining unprimed raw canvas with layers of fluid acrylic paint applied in extremely liquid form. The painting surface is slowly built up over weeks, where the fluid and unpredictable colors interact and intersect. The result is a richly colored, layered and subtly textured surface, which hints at the initial watercolor studies, but gains a depth and intensity from the stratum of pigments. During observation and distillation, the abstracted images take their direction and structure from nature and retain their most vital characteristics in an essential way, reflecting through the process the unpredictable quality of nature - and being - itself.
Catalogue of Paintings