In my artwork I explore our complex and often fractious relationship with the land by contrasting timeless natural cycles with the footprints made by our industry and patterns of habitation. If landscape can be defined as a segment of the world as humans envision it, then my artwork finds meaning in exploring the ever-changing psychic and physical interface between human technology and nature. I tend to work in series, and the works in this show include images from several ongoing series, including aerial landscapes; portraits of trees, waterways, and clouds; and the newest series that combines digital imagery with traditional landscape painting techniques. Weather imagery is an important theme in much of this work as it now serves as a direct gauge for witnessing our interference with natural planetary cycles.
How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?
In my most recent artwork I have been fascinated by a sense of nostalgia for the present day. There is fragility to the status quo. Sometimes when making my work I feel as though I am looking backwards in time from a very precarious future to the start of an unraveling calamity. As an artist I feel very strongly about spotlighting these issues.
Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?
Throughout my career I have experimented with the tension between resolved images and gestural and textured surfaces. Combining computer data, a young medium, with painting, a very old medium, offers a nice sense of irony and surface tension. I’ve experimented recently with using grids as under-paintings, mixing computer glitch patchworks with sunlight on cirrus clouds, juxtaposing bended digital data with brushwork on canvas, and accompanying satellite weather radar references with antique photographic methods.
Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.
As an artist I’ve been inspired by everything from the Hudson River painters to abstract expressionists such as Joan Mitchell to imagery taken by the Hubble telescope. All of theses sources represent the natural world in ways that underscore its beauty and complexity and its ongoing transformation by human hands.