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Painting: Oil, Paint on Canvas.
Slipping in and out of the familiar through abstract mark making, I draw parallels between nature and human nature within my paintings. Exploring the woods and beaches in California (where I grew up), living in the bug-infested jungles of Belize, wandering though Tanzanian savannah, playing piano and trumpet, writing music, experimenting in pseudo sciences, or finding dream states become investigations for me to generate a language and find inspiration to create work.
My paint application ranges from thin willowy-fang-like strokes to thick juicy plumages of clustered marks. These shapes coalesce into landscape and figure, eventually dissipating into abstract impressions. My hope is that viewers will encounter their inner realities by engaging the work's limbo state.
Within this innate reflection, I questions the potential fears and inspirations, the knowns and unknowns the observers might meet in themselves. This interaction mirrors the sublime that landscape painting aspires to.
Thinking on these ideas, I take the suspended state of my landscapes to construct abstract from. I play with one thing becoming another, marks becoming landscape, landscape becoming something else, and vice versa. The brush stroke becomes a vortex for multiple forms or ideas. The plasticity offers the viewer a choice or perhaps a door to the unknown, and in that choice I hope a piece of the viewer’s inner-landscape manifests.