These paintings are part of an ongoing series 'Searching for Life', where I set motion-activated cameras in the woods to capture images of wildlife. The images in this '2018 Paintings' gallery are from a trap I have set for one year on the backside of Author's Ridge, part of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA. Located within 100 yards from Henry David Thoreau's grave is a series of three small burrows shared strangely by coyote, raccoon, fisher cat, squirrels, chipmunks, foxes, song birds and rodents.
The series allows an inside view into the lives of animals and often an awkward counter to the typical depictions we see. I select images to paint because of the uncanny human-ness ("Raccoon, half moon (02/05/18 3:29.47AM)"), sense of motion ("Fox, waning gibbous moon (02/03/2018 5:16:23PM)"), or sometimes overlap several still shots to create a feeling of time ("Forty-five seconds of coyote time (12/26/17)"). With the pthalo-blue monochrome I replicate the darkness of the woods by using the color spectrum that our human eyes are most sensitive to at night.