This new low relief and painted landscape series has been inspired by my love of plein air painting. As an art student, I spent a semester painting in the wilds of the Delaware Water Gap on the East Coast, and created landscapes of this rural area during the winter months. I was impressed by the experience of the land awakening from its dormant monochromatic season to embrace the subtle colors of the burgeoning springtime.
Now living on the West Coast in the San Francisco Bay Area, I imbued this new series with the elusive quality of light, passage of tides & fog, and gathered other meditations on the woods, waterfalls, and cosmic transparencies that make up many of the different geographical experiences I have painted and sketched over the years. This series is envisioned on a deeply spiritual level.
These pieces have bases that are comprised of reclaimed or found wood such as palettes, old book cases, and lumber mill cut offs. Each piece of wood has its own spirit and the imperfections, grain, and wood knots all make for compositional opportunities. Once I have the basic shapes cut out I rely solely on hand carving tools to add texture, depth and form across the surfaces. I then seal the bare wood with layers of gesso before applying the final painted stage. Additions of other found objects such as, wire, fasteners, and ephemera, are attached when they find their way to my workbench.
This piece symbolically references portals both physically and psychically. This was one of the first pieces I felt compelled to pursue when I launched this series of spiritual landscapes.
The Portals (Detail)
For eons the moon has held a central place in the minds of many. It controls the tides, and the rhythms of human bodies. It's light empowers deep meditation and incantations.
This piece is a meditation on how the sun influences all aspects of planet earth. From the colors we see, the objects we make, to the trees that rely on it's benevolence. Size: 14"x10" Carved wood, olive tree wood, gesso, oil paint, peach pits, telephone wire, steel ship fitting, steel scraper, brass screws
The moon is a mysterious cosmic force. It holds the key to the tides both externally and internally. Carved wood, wire, oil paint