Having grown up in Ohio, I am an Oregonian by choice. I have lived in Portland for 30+ years and have yet to tire of the natural rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
My attention is drawn to the forest, water, rocks and sky. I often think about time, human and geologic and how these things change or don't change over the minutes to years. Their longevity is reassuring as I witness the turmoil and chaos of our current human world. These elements, water, sky and stone will outlast us all.
My view is usually close up and detailed; my style is realistic but with a soft edge, trying to be as relaxed as possible. I use layers of glazes to define and focus the subject.
I have begun “deconstructing” the images to edge towards capturing the complexity of the moment of appreciation of the natural scene.
At the point of noticing the beauty there are other aspects that contribute to that noticing, the sunlight, the breeze, the smells, the temperature.
My training as a printmaker has taught me the importance of processes and the satisfying parts of art are the wedding and struggle between the conceptual and the limitations of materials.
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