Regina Allen,

My oil paintings and drawings examine the landscape viewed from above, looking at the visual impact of human activities such as, sprawl, deforestation, mineral extraction, and agriculture. This takes us out of our daily point-of-view and creates an “overview effect,” the phenomenon experienced by astronauts who view earth from space. They note that, from above, national boundaries vanish and the conflicts and politics that divide people become less important, ideally uniting us with a will to protect our planet. I really enjoy this idea. But you still see evidence of tension between humans and nature, and this is the subject of my work.

I pull some of my images from cool, remote satellite views. I also use my own photographs, which I shoot from aircrafts or sometimes from elevated locations that I reach on foot. When I choose my imagery, I look for a contrast between geology and human-made structures and activities. 

Numerous environmental conflicts fuel my art, but my work also celebrates the abstract elements of landscape and the enduring tenacity of nature, grounding itself in the physicality of the medium. The sensuousness of the paint and the expressiveness of color, mark, and shape extol the sublime beauty of the Earth and offset the distressing content. I have apprehensions about a changing environment and the health of our fragile planet. My art becomes a repository for these fears, but it also offers a little wisp of hope, like a prayer or a wish.