My paintings are expressive responses to the light and forms of North American tree canopies. The shapes of leaves against the sky provide an opportunity to play with abstraction and representation, as well as figure and ground. Formally, I want the paintings to work on two levels; to offer the viewer a satisfying feast of color, shape, and texture when viewed up close, while at the same time providing a loosely recognizable subject when viewed from a distance.
I’m also after a sense of wildness in these paintings. The more time I spend outdoors, the more I appreciate the unusual shapes and patterning of natural forms, and the flicker of dappled light on leaves. The experience of walking in a forest is an experience of broken and scattered light sparkling, and leaves floating and dancing. This movement, this wildness, is my inspiration.