The places we love are embedded and embodied within us in memory, dream, and imagination. I am drawn to the geology and geography of the canyons, fields, woodlands, and waterways of the West.
I use painting processes similar to land formation – layering, liquefaction, scraping and scouring, erosion, consolidation, folding and faulting. Added to this are the material qualities of the paint – staining, transparency, and flow. Improvisation and gesture play a big role – opening doors to situations that either further the work or have to be dealt with analytically. This is the challenge of painting that keeps me interested and committed.
I never predict the result. It’s only by trusting the process, by toggling along the continuum of intuitive, gestural spontaneity and cold, hard analysis that I arrive at “a poetics of place” that suits my experience of landscape.
To see these works in the flesh, please join us in the gallery, opening night for our New Artists Show.