My paintings focus on our connection to nature through abstract images that represent the essence of the earth’s geography. Inspired by the landscape and having a deep respect for the natural environment, I search for organic patterns and forms. My concentration is the changing seasons and the cyclical aspects of life including birth, growth, decay and renewal. Living at high altitude in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I experience and try to depict the dramatic shifts in the typology.
In winter, the sun illuminates warm areas of color across a field of white snow and cool blue violet shadows form in the recesses. In spring, the ground begins to move with glistening streams of mud in various shades of brown. I use these visual impressions from the terrain to develop an assortment of textures and harmonious color palettes. The final compositions contain richly diverse surfaces composed of varied brush strokes, line work, scratched or incised areas as well as smooth, flat and open spaces.
By observing the quality of light, colors and textures in the sky, trees, mountains and fields, I focus on dominant characteristics. There are differing sizes and shapes in every patch of grass, limb of tree, cloud formation and other elements in the environment. Nature provides a repertoire of diverse forms. Rocks can be fractured or weathered. Tree bark can produce wavelike growth patches or jagged irregular break lines. I use brushes, knives, scrapers and squeegees to develop an assortment of marks.
The evolution of creating my paintings follows a similar pattern to the way nature changes over time. Water transforms as it rains, disintegrating through evaporation and reappearing in the form of dew or snow. Through an additive and reductive process, my paintings go through generative and destructive phases, changing forms many times. By dynamically layering, scraping, spraying and splashing paint repeatedly, I create a unified composition with a multitude of contrasting properties.