Artist Statement Submitted 2018My work is informed by documentation of place, before our urban forests are lost to development. I have been painting in much the same vein since the early 1980s, when “urban growth” first threatened my home in the Poncey-Highlands area of Atlanta. The Carter Center was then a field of kudzu and a haven for the homeless and indigent.
My work becomes a reminder of nature’s importance in our everyday lives; how does place speak to us, and how do we communicate this deep and fragile bond?
Development has finally hit my neighborhood in full force, but I continue to be surprised that these paintings evolved from an abrupt change in landscape are some of my strongest. There is humor and pathos in the works and a particular Southern vernacular exists as a memento, overtly or subliminally, of how we relate to the natural world.