These small-scale paintings depict experiences of specific places, as well as responses to other artworks, which could include a broad swath of contemporary artists, early 20thCentury American painters, Italian and Northern Renaissance works, or Persian and Indian manuscript paintings. This list is long, and still growing. They also come from my love of miniaturization, intricacy, the plasticity of paint, and illusion of space. Images are constructed by mixing elements of landscape and natural forms with memory and imagination. Forms are repeated, emphasized, and manipulated to create tension between the “imagined” and the real world.
The forms (lakes, ditches, fields, etc.) come from not just what I see, but also some deep visual memory system; what I know about constructing paintings; a sense of awe of natural phenomena; and an attempt to acknowledge other unseen forces (either psychological, physical or metaphysical) that influence my relationship to the surrounding environment – forces that exist in any day, or season, or place, wherever I may live or visit.