Artist Statement Submitted 2020In recent work, I describe the landscape in clusters of reeds and grasses becoming chambers, channels, and shelters, – tent like formations of switchgrass as architecture under big sky and distant views. I paint these images not only for what they are, but for what else they are, how they help us see and understand what we need in nature. Every leaf a shelter, in the back yard, and in painting. We live in a time when technology seems increasingly natural to us and nature itself less so.
And yet- behind every common weed and vine lay an external wild and remote hinterland very much like our own internal one. In this way, we are connected to the patterns and signals found within the language of rocks, reeds, and vistas that glow. There for the taking- the daily spectacular, the common wealth for all. Somehow, right now, it brings me hope.