My paintings may be about a specific place, or a certain experience of a place, or a response to the work of other artists (most recently European early Renaissance paintings, as well as 13th – 15th century Persian manuscripts). By using elements of landscape, mixing natural forms with memory and imagination, the images become “constructed” landscapes. Forms are repeated, emphasized, manipulated, or invented. There is a tension between form and what’s going on in the real world. The forms (lakes, ditches, open fields, holes, icebergs, glaciers, etc.) are not just a product of what I see, but combine what I know about constructing paintings with some deep and as yet unconscious memory system with what I see in the landscape. The paintings are small in scale (average dimensions 12 inches).
In the autumn of 2011 and 2015 I traveled to Antarctica to work with biologist Dr. Sam Bowser and his research team. I was there to assist with the scientific research and dive teams and, in one way or another, incorporate this experience into my own work as a visual artist. Some of my recent paintings stem from those months living in Antarctica.