“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
In my paintings, I explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction in images of the natural world. From afar, my work appears realistic, sometimes photographic, but close up there is an awareness of paint, gesture and process. I build up a complex layered surface in oil paint, hoping to convey the essence of the subject rather than describing it literally. I zoom in and crop sections of an image, removing it from its context, focusing on pattern, composition and light.
Most recently, my paintings have been of water and sky. I’m compelled by the immersive quality of these subjects and by the serenity they can bring to any viewer. For me, these subjects are endlessly interesting, mostly because of the nature of water in all its forms to distort and refract light. The unexpected shapes and colors that result can challenge how we think something will look, again blurring the line between the realistic and the abstract.
I also appreciate that water and sky are universally familiar subjects. Sadly, the cleanliness of both is currently at great risk worldwide. I hope my paintings can serve as a jumping off point for conversations about our relationships to water and the air we breathe and the importance of preserving these vital resources.