Absence and Presence

My work explores the experience of my physical body searching for a sense of spiritual integration with the landscape.  Through painting I investigate the paradox of absence and presence as understood through the natural processes of growth, decomposition, and regeneration in nature.  The paintings reference memento mori, a reflection on stillness and mortality.

The human figure is my starting point and inspiration.  I cover over and envelop the figure through layers of paint until it is inseparable from its landscape. Part or all of the human body becomes obscured in the process, as only glimpses remain under the accumulated layers.

I use cake decorating tools to extrude oil paint onto my canvases, and mix sand, dirt, wax, and fibers into my paint in order to think of a two dimensional material as a sculptural medium.  I arrange conglomerates of recycled paint skins to add dimensionality to the surface of my paintings. Ornate patterns and flowers are contrasted against flat blocks of color and gestural brushstrokes. The color relationships in my work are highly specific to seasonal changes in the landscape and are often influenced by weavings and textiles.