The Boneyard, Oil on Canvas, 2011
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“The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself.”
- Caspar David Friedrich
Offering evidence of the perseverance of life in the midst of death, my recent landscapes express the quiet, serene, powerful force of nature. In my seascapes, the waves do not crash romantically, but instead the tide pulls, the water level rises, and foam sweeps slowly but certainly across the surface of the beach. The fallen trees in these paintings (inspired by Boneyard Beach in Southern Georgia) are not torn apart by currents but have instead been slowly pulled into the water by erosion and are slick and glossy from years and years of the caresses of the ocean. These paintings are calm and serene acknowledgements of the ephemeral nature of life.
My process involves careful observation but is rooted in an abstract interest in design. When I find a site that is compelling, I take many photographs and do charcoal sketches to build compositions that are visually exciting. I work from a combination of photographs and drawings to design my paintings. My colors are intended as expressive devices as well as to create an illusion of naturalism. It is a difficult balance to hold in place- to create an image that is convincing in its specificity but is also free from the confines of the original subject in order that the meaning of the work can be communicated more powerfully. This challenge is, however, one of the most exciting aspects of painting from my point of view and one of things that keeps me painting every day.