I live in the remote, high desert of Far West Texas. A harsh, elusive, and wild beauty defines this place, the result of a complex and interdependent relationship between the arid climate, quality of light, and sparsely populated landscape. It provokes a feeling of wonder that thrills, transforms, and influences my daily life and work.
Before moving to the desert eighteen years ago I spent almost a decade living in the Pacific Northwest – an environment distinguished by the Cascade Mountain Range, abundant rainfall, and dense, old-growth forests. I found the stark contrasts between the two places eye-opening and exciting. Exploring other distinct natural environments quickly became important source material for my work, prompting a visceral response and an instinct to interpret it.
My abstract, acrylic paintings reflect the interconnections, mutability, and flux I observe in distinct, often far-flung landscapes. Spending most of my time removed from the pace and diversions of contemporary culture – in places where the natural world is the main event – influences the work’s size, scale, and palette. In the studio I sometimes refer to photographs of strange flora and fauna, details of textures and patterns, or drawings made in the field. I also have a collection of improbable-looking dried flower specimens and use these not as models, but as a way to develop forms or establish organizing principles in the work. The paintings unfold over time, alluding to an ongoing and evolving relationship with the natural world rather than any specific place within it.