Wildflower Field Project, Oil with wax and sand on panels. 32" x 144", 2011. The above painting was painted (from my photos) of a field of wildflowers I had grown when I lived in Jackson County. I tilled up most of my yard and planted black-eyed susans, cosmos, mexican hats, and various other varieties.
Artist Statement I create thick, tactile, colorful oil paintings primarily based on nature - writ large and small. I enjoy a studied, spontaneous approach. The method is my own - and is a combination of of my love of Zen-style ink paintings, Impressionist paintings, and more contemporary concepts of color and design.
Philosophically, I like to consider the materiality of human existence. I embrace and love the earth in it’s natural state - and yet realize that we humans like to live walled off - ‘in our own little worlds’, without bugs, relatively free of diseases, in climate-controlled buildings - for the most part. ‘Nature’ can be seen as something we ‘visit’.
Recently I have been exploring the Earth - utilizing NASA satellite imagery (the changing daily views have only recently become easily accessible). I like to paint the Earth - with it's various cloud 'arrangements' and from various viewpoints - combined with images of roses.
As I paint, I have become increasingly acquainted with nuances of the Earth and it's terrain. I consider the geopolitics of it all. Some days and views I choose because of certain major weather events - such as wildfires or hurricanes. Generally - I look for interesting shapes and swirls of the clouds.
The roses in my paintings have multiple meanings and purposes. Symbolically, they can represent such concepts as love, hope, beauty, and mortality. (I have not been considering 'official' meanings - but the more intuitive associations). The roses are also nod to sentimentality - a love of nature, of our world (often considered taboo for artistic representations these days). Visually, the roses complement the continents and the clouds. There is a play of scale and of colors.
The roses can also represent people. Like people, these roses are cultivated and while alive enjoy a mostly sheltered existence - kept free of the sorts of diseases that affect plants in an unprotected nature. They are somewhat disconnected.
Overall - I am painting what I love - and feeling more connected to the world by doing so.