I often enjoy walking meditations in the areas around my home. These walks have helped me to learn to embrace the world just as it is and appreciate the ever changing landscape and quality of life around me. While walking, certain arresting views and textures will cause me to stop and take a photograph or draw a quick black and white sketch. I carry these images of landscape back to the studio for painting references.
Once the paintings begin on canvas, I work to create a combination of my perception of the distant horizon with an intuitive depiction of the color and rhythm of plants and flowers in the foreground. I build the paintings up in layers and look for shapes and forms that surprise me as they emerge through the painting process, and I continually look for connections between the distant landscape and my intuitive depiction of foreground growth. This is a push pull process filled with continual changes until the painting feels like it is a unified whole composition and I am able to finally let it be and call it finished. Painting in this manner has made me more comfortable with uncertainty and more connected with the process of creating a balanced composition.
My medium is acrylic paint on canvas and ceramic stucco texture medium. I build the surface up until the colors, shapes, and rhythms of the painting begin to “sing.” Sometimes this takes many layers of paint, other times it happens more quickly, but it always feels like a leap of faith into the unknown.
Although these paintings are only a minor example of connecting with nature, they express my conviction that all things are connected and that the earth must be honored and treated well so that future generations will survive and flourish on this planet.