My work as an artist embodies an ongoing exploration of the relationship between abstract and representational painting. It is the unpredictability and mysteries of nature that intrigue me. All around us, we see both harmony and dissonance: lightness and darkness, growth and decay, strength and frailty. It is inherently tame and wild, soothing and disturbing, exciting and frightening, just and unjust… all at once.
Our modern day relationship with nature has evolved in many ways. As more of us than ever before live in cities and work indoors, our encounters with nature have become increasingly rare and brief… and seldom do we have the opportunity to experience it with all our senses. We encounter scenery only while driving by it, or through the lens of a camera, or accompanied by music plugged into our ears. And most often, I find we experience the natural wonders outside our doors through photography, movies, and digital content produced by others—a second-hand experience of something powerful.
In addition to my personal contact with nature, I draw inspiration from these diverse sources. I see images or clips of cloud formations, waterfalls, mountains, waves, and twisters… yet once in the studio I work solely from memory: what nature has rendered indelible in my mind.
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