Through sequential landscape painting, my work creates a record of my experience of sustained engagement with consistently fluctuating environments.
In an outdoor setting there is so much information and many variables that are beyond my control. What does it mean to engage with how these observations add to my understanding and attune my senses to the nuances of the scene? Standing in the same spot, I paint the same space again and again over hours, weeks, months and even years.
Finding a format best suited for each site, I embrace that I am not a machine and I do not register changes the same way that a machine would. I cannot and do not want to capture every detail in a painting. I paint what first captures my attention, therefore, directing the viewer to my individual impression. Whenever there is a noticeable change in its appearance, I record the time, put the painting aside and begin a new panel.
The resolution of the images becomes a direct indication of the pace at which changes occur. Endurance leads to a rhythmic quality in the physical act of painting. It becomes a flow that is indicative of my immersion in a fluctuating environment. Evidence of this flow is shown not only through levels of resolution within a particular day, but also through increasingly decisive brushstrokes as projects continue.
Series are installed as a singular piece often in grid-like formats contrasting the irregularity of nature.
Over time possibilities open up to me as an artist. With immersion a field transcends dirt and grass. The nameable objects disappear and are replaced by shifts of colors and abstract shapes vying for my attention before nestling back into obscurity.
Whether it is the color of a tree as the sun rises, the rhythm of sunlight through a forest, a puddle evaporating, or the veil of rain over the landscape, sustained engagement through painting allows me to be open and ready to respond to the unexpected.
As I work, I do not compare the current painting to the previous one. I am fully absorbed in the present. I have faith that the process will result in a genuine record of my experience however subtle or dramatic the visual shifts. Each moment a piece in a greater puzzle.
I aim to understand and notice what only comes with engagement, investment, and dedication.