Michael Ryan Handley
I consider myself a landscape artist. I love how artists through time have represented our complicated relationship and understanding of nature, the earth and the cosmos. Now with television and newspaper headlines reeling of global warming, energy fuel crisis and people shouting for a reduction in industrializing nature, I believe being a landscape artist holds endless exciting opportunities to reflect and project the worlds cultures. I spent the formative years of my life living off the grid in the hills of Southern Utah - no electricity and no plumbing, cooking from a wood burning stove. I lived enriched by nature and have since lived in cities where my understanding and interaction with nature has become distant and nearly imaginative. This feels right as memories and knowledge fade with time and displacement, but I believe we are at a decisive moment in humankinds history of engaging with, understanding and redefining what nature is - a point where Governments and private industry have the capability to modify and manipulate nature and the earth in unprecedented ways. This type of evolved manipulation seems to live more in a world of abstraction, science fiction and theory than a physical world. But this phenomenon is very much tangible at this moment in time.