I am drawn to the light, color, and pattern of the natural world. My vibrant, color-saturated painting style gives individual attention to every detail in the landscape, creating an intimacy with the subject matter.
My process begins with my camera where I catch the light and designs that move within the landscape. Then in the studio I draw out the composition and begin building up layers of washes ending when the color is dense and saturated. My final process is one of lifting where I let the light back into the piece and hone my composition.
My current subject matter ranges from birds and their habitat to native grasses; from river ways to the woodlands and the forest floor. I find peace and inspiration in the vast inter-connectivity and rooted-ness in these landscapes.
A poem by Wendell Berry expresses it best...
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair in the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go down and lie where the wood drake
rests in the beauty of the water,
and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world,
And am free.