Homeland

While walking and hiking I often take photos and have used them as seeds for these pieces. Moving through an environment and looking through the viewfinder is a way of engaging and awakening the eye, of saying "yes - this", and also a kind of de-objectifying, where what you're looking at becomes not rock or tree, but composition, color and light. Later this memento of engagement transforms into something else as a painting, but the "yes" remains. 

Some of these works are larger paintings on wood panel and others are built up using drawing, encaustic paint and collage on 300 lb. watercolor paper. I like the accretion of marks and the sense of layered density and light. From a distance they convey a spatial depth and some ambiguity, and up close a visual shattering into an abstraction of small marks and splotches. All are float framed on custom wood frames.