SACRED LANDSCAPE II (2015-present) Continued from the 2014-2015 series SACRED LANDSCAPE, this new body of work searches further to discover new forms, colors and spaces. Each painting expresses a unique perspective of scenery, distance, and space as a kaleidoscope of foreground, middle, and background.
The salty scent of crashing waves, shear canyons and cliffs rising and dropping in perspective, and the colors that only exists in the bright Southern California sun...these along with the floating clouds and stars in the night sky are the inspirations that guide me. I have been on many hikes in different regions around the globe and I take it all in. I process everything into a semi-abstract expression of what I felt was there. My work is a visual expression of the senses rather than a literary representation of a landmark.
I accomplish this with complex layering of paints. I begin with a layer of thick base oil under-painting, where I organize land masses, sky space, and water boundaries. The body of the painting appears when I begin to put in the texture. Adding paint and scraping it away builds the texture and reveals the colors. Working in oil is a time consuming process which takes weeks to accomplish but allows me the ability to work in layers. I tend to work on several paintings at a time, with them all finishing seemingly, at once. Once the textures are dry, I glaze each area to get the final color I envisioned.
Aside from a semi recognizable landscape, I also experiment with forms and shapes to create sensual landscapes, which can be seen with relative ease. Nature is a sacred place, I always paint nature respectfully.
(2014 - present)
Sacred Cove (2013)