I am now developing a body of work centered around notions of Wilderness: what it is both historically and presently. Is wilderness a transcendent place of ‘other’- apart from our daily lives, or can it reside in undramatic sites right in front of us- in our backyards, reclaimed city blocks, or highway dividers? We live in a world forever altered by our human presence- are we apart from this idea of Wilderness or are part of it?The work I am creating is oil on canvas. I am painting these pieces both out of a physical need to paint as well as historical reference. Many of our notions of the landscape and the myth of Wilderness come out of the western landscape painting tradition. Painting has always been both a place for personal contemplation as well as a site for power displays. It is a tradition which comes out of land ownership and religious themes of paradise, hell, and mankind’s place in the natural world.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Mosaic completed, for the most part, by my Watercolor class, many of them first time painters. I love doing this project, there is an element of time and varied perspectives, pushing a simple image of an object into a representation of lived time.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Here are some of the panels, on canvas in the studio, to be installed by the paper hanger soon...maybe this week. The hidden labor: all canvas needed to be stretched on the wall, gessoed one coat, flipped, gessoed another two coats, followed by two base coats of the custom ben moore color. After all that, then I start painting...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Adding onto an existing mural for a client. Originally designed as gallery of great and influential artists, I am adding more and more. Kara Walker, on the left, may be the only living artist I am depicting in this scene. I could go on and on with this mural, but there must be an ending...