Academic journal article The Southern Review

Artists Statement

Academic journal article The Southern Review

Artists Statement

Article excerpt

AS AN ARTIST AND NATURE LOVER, I record my observations of the natural world by using oil pigments, ink, soil, and other nontraditional materials. Soil and botanical specimens serve as a foundation that is emotional, tactile, and atmospheric--a visual record of nature's constant state of regeneration and flux.

I consider the work presented here to be environmental, as it serves to speak for imperiled geographic locations and tenuous environments. Since the 1990s I have worked on-site, across five continents, with groups of biologists, botanists, and historians in places such as the Gulf Coast, the Florida Everglades, the Pacific Northwest wetlands, and most recently, the Hawaiian rainforests. Each diverse ecosystem is unique in how human interaction has diminished the vitality and well-being of the land and waterways. I search for fragility and subtle layers that might otherwise be overlooked or ignored; these are the secret stories of the endangered.

Rather than re-creating a literal landscape on canvas or paper, I aim to express its essence in a rich and complex form of delicately painted organic subjects that float and trail across the surface. Fragmentary plant forms drift within color fields, at times receding into pool-like depths, and at others buoyed by surrounding luminescence that seems to rise out of the color and project beyond the surface. This is only partly a visual effect, as I regularly incorporate actual plant forms into the work by embedding them in thin layers of resin and pigments. On some level they are entombed, becoming specimens in the truest sense of the word.

No single work can hope to distill the complex spirit of a landscape, much less the infinitely sophisticated ecology that sustains it; therefore, in order to capture this richness, I work on a large number of paintings concurrently. This allows me to incorporate strong elements and techniques across multiple pieces. …

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