I am addressing the issue of natural beauty in the wake of human influence. The human struggle to control the environment has left nature scarred; however it perseveres and grows in his footsteps.
My work is an atmospheric environment created by a rich earth tones, and passionate balances. The work can allude to landscape, or it can be a simple object discarded making reference to obsolescence. The work is generally heavily worked and textured as a result of process. The build up of layers and destruction of layers makes the connection to natural growth and decline. Thus, the work is a visual history of the process. The mixed media paintings often incorporate nontraditional materials and found objects.
I am most directly inspired by the surroundings of where I have lived. The homesteads of Central Washington, the fishing villages on the lower Columbia River, and the sublime desert of the Southwest have provided me with reference to understand the past, and to be aware of my own mark on the environment. The work is influenced by place and can be site-specific, however the message, the image, the ruins standing like sentinels marking the horizon, transcend universally.
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