About the work
Pink Sun Fell Like Glass, oil and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2015

I have discovered that, no matter where I am, outdoor activity and making artwork make me feel most like myself: whole and engaged with my environment. I want to share this experience with others through my work.

My paintings are abstract with references to the landscape. I am inspired by the poetry of nature: color and light in the landscape, seasons, and the passing of time. All of our senses are awakened when we spend time outside. The rhythm of steps while hiking, the whir and clicks on a bike ride, the changing shapes of light and shadow between trees, the sound of birdsong—the memory of all these impacts on my senses feeds into my process of abstraction. I love to explore my experiences in nature through the formal elements of color, shape, line and composition.

I am also deeply influenced by our changing landscape, such as a favorite field being dug up and built into a housing development. Through the process of making artwork and sharing it with others, I can turn a negative experience such as the one just referred to into something beautiful. And I ultimately hope that through my artwork I can inspire people to return to the outdoors and build meaningful connections with others there.

 

 

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