My intention is to
use nature as a springboard for the exploration of space.
I concentrate my attention on scenery I have personally
experienced to study space and light. In order to study
the complexities of the shapes found in nature I experiment
with cropping photographs of the landscape. I am concerned
with the direction, brightness, and angle of the light.
How the trees are illuminated and the resulting shadows
affect the way the light is transmitted onto the neighboring
surfaces. The rhythmic patterns of the shadows and negative
spaces become the focus of the work.
A colorful underpainting
is applied and the surface is slowly built up with numerous
layers of paint and glazes. Many areas are carefully painted
to allow the previous layers of color to show through from
beneath the surface. The use of a limited palate at the
onset aids in expressing space and natural light. This
adds to the vibration and illumination of the surface.
The use of an elongated format adds to the drama of the