In my recent work I process my fear and confusion about our rapidly changing natural world and global climate, and the disasters that have resulted.
Though my ideas are sometimes abstract, I ground them in real imagery and in expressive, sensuous techniques. Aerial photographs often serve as the visual springboard for my work. I look for patterns that catch my eye and work them into unique and abstracted “landscapes” which are pertinent to my climate-focused work. I look to exploit tensions in the landscape between urban and rural, developed and wild, man-made and natural, irrigated and dry, etc. through a contrast of color, shape, value, or brushstroke. I use the sensuousness of the thick oil paint and the heavy expressiveness of the color to offset the heady fears I’m confronting.
These tensions reflect my apprehensions and anger about an uncertain future. I feel impotent in the face of so much change and destruction, and my art becomes a repository for these thoughts, buoyed by a little wisp of hope like a prayer or a wish.