Using the language of paint and installation I fold beauty and darkness into visually complex and contemplative spaces where things may not be quite as they seem. I explore the medium of paint by asking the question ‘What can painting do that only painting can do?’
In the ‘Looking Up, Looking Down’ series I focus above and below the horizon line. Taking my iPhone out for walks into the woods I photograph close detail shots of the forest floor then flip to the ‘selfie’ mode to photograph what hovers directly above. The majority of the paintings in this gallery are from this series and begin with a photograph of either the ground or sky space. ‘Far Away Beneath’ is an amalgam of the two spaces (above and below).
My ongoing interest in painting’s relationship to photography is evident throughout my work’s spatial qualities. This interest is explored more directly in my ongoing series ‘Searching for Life’ that uses motion-activated camera-trap images of wild animals as reference. With this surveillance technology we can now ask - do all mother doe carry their fawn on their back? The last two images 'Deer Flash' and 'Moose Tells All' are from this series.
The spectrum between natural and man-made is explored throughout my work. I offer a playful, earnest and personal reflection of our interconnectedness as homo sapiens to fellow green, furry and living beings on this fragile blue planet.