I draw inspiration from my seasonal work as a farm laborer.
I am attracted to the drama of intense sunlight in the landscape, filtered through foliage and across tree trunks, veils of neon color intersecting shadows. Working directly outside allows a certain discomfort and refreshing spontaneity to enter my painting practice, further enhancing the interpretation of an environment’s energy.
To slow down to a more meditative speed, I also work from observation indoors. Still lives present optical gems of reflected light and color. I often arrange objects with food and drink I’ve grown, picked, pressed or bottled myself. There is a constant interaction with natural subjects through my job which provides an intimate acquired knowledge about what I’m painting; its weight, texture, scent, taste, even the history of its process are known to me, as I watch them grow and change throughout the work season.
When working on canvas, I use an absorbent ground as a beginning surface to mimic the quality of paper, allowing colors to bleed and brushstrokes to hold their initial anatomy. I establish the observational paintings with careful examinations of color, light, and form in acrylics. Then, I transition into oils for glazes to amplify color, work with additional textures, and begin to abstract areas of the picture. The oil paint begins to take on its own form and energy.
Through a combination of plein air sessions and imaginative painting in the studio, I have adopted a practice that draws from different modes of working, presenting a rich variety of visions. The influence of authentic involvement is communicated through color handling and paint application. While demonstrating the wonder of personal interaction, the work invites careful examination rewarded by a transcendent experience through the familiar.