My first solo show was in 1983. By 1989, the element that has formed my life’s work, the Landscape, had emerged. At first my landscapes were informed by the Symbolist school. Works by Redon, Ryder, Blake and Whistler as well as 13th century Alchemist prints guided me. Their imagery, along with the writings of Rudolf Steiner and Madame Blavatsky, formed the narrative within these paintings; an effort to create a dialogue between the sacred and the corporeal. These landscapes were minimal, suggestive and were used as a counter point to the imagery of the Alchemist sacred geometries that hovered above them.
There are significant moments in every artist's career that propel them forward. One of those moments happened early on in my career when I was invited by Aurabora Press to do a residency in San Francisco. Working with their master printer, I made images that, technically speaking, shouldn't be done. However, by allowing the uncontrolled markings, smudges and "what ifs" of the process to remain unresolved, meaningful works were created. This method allowed all the conscious and unconscious voices and paths to remain - presenting the process as essential in creating an intimate, authentic narrative. This way of seeing quickly entered into my paintings as the marks and smudges would form a dialogue with the representational elements.
By 2016 I was rethinking the traditional compositional devices used in Landscape painting - I no longer saw the need for horizons, or to explain a foreground. Increasingly I began to see landscapes, no longer as static or bound elements, but rather as forms that float between representational and abstraction.
The following year another big change happened. While working on a series of drawings that focused on the elemental structures found within landscapes, I found a new approach that allowed me to pare down the visual narrative to its primary forms, structures and motions. These paintings are minimal yet expressive. They are my hope to honestly show nature at its most intimate.
Gathering the Fragments
38" x 40"
mixed media on panel
37" x 42"
mixed media on panel