the lure of travel

 

moments of noticing


in a single glance our souls can be flooded

with the most profound reflections – no effort of memory.

everything summed up in a single instant.”        -gauguin

 

 

artist statement:

As an artist, I have had the amazing opportunity to travel extensively in recent years.  During these travels, I worked mostly in solitude, exploring with my camera and oil pastels in such diverse places as Hong Kong, South Africa, Italy, Australia, Botswana, Hawaii, Malta and more.  

 

During these explorations, the mere instant of rounding a street corner could overload my senses with a moment of profound beauty. The combination of color, light, feeling, sound, and composition would aesthetically overwhelm me.  Walking down a tiny winding street in Santorini, Greece, for example, I was stopped in my tracks by the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, contrasted with cool, crisp whites of traditional cliff houses, and highlighted with hot pink bougainvillea spilling over curved walls.

 

In response to these moments, I feel a need to capture my experience on canvas.  I do this because I need to do this.  I don’t want to create a pretty thing, but to transport my audience both visually and emotionally back to a moment of noticing. Travel can be powerful in its ability to pause the mind - and life itself - long enough to notice these moments. My recent work explores the restorative effect of travel on the mind and soul, and communicates moments we might otherwise miss in the routine of daily life.

 

I am often asked why I add 3D elements to my work. I am challenged and fascinated by the process of transforming a two dimensional piece by adding a third dimension and the resulting illusion it creates. Feedback I often hear is that viewers want to "be inside" my paintings. Perhaps the 3D elements that spill off the canvas act as an invitation inside each piece.

 

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Artist statement on recent work

 

the lure of travel

 

moments of noticing


in a single glance our souls can be flooded

with the most profound reflections – no effort of memory.

everything summed up in a single instant.”        -gauguin

 

 

artist statement:

As an artist, I have had the amazing opportunity to travel extensively in recent years.  During these travels, I worked mostly in solitude, exploring with my camera and oil pastels in such diverse places as Hong Kong, South Africa, Italy, Australia, Botswana, Hawaii, Malta and more.  

 

During these explorations, the mere instant of rounding a street corner could overload my senses with a moment of profound beauty. The combination of color, light, feeling, sound, and composition would aesthetically overwhelm me.  Walking down a tiny winding street in Santorini, Greece, for example, I was stopped in my tracks by the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, contrasted with cool, crisp whites of traditional cliff houses, and highlighted with hot pink bougainvillea spilling over curved walls.

 

In response to these moments, I feel a need to capture my experience on canvas.  I do this because I need to do this.  I don’t want to create a pretty thing, but to transport my audience both visually and emotionally back to a moment of noticing. Travel can be powerful in its ability to pause the mind - and life itself - long enough to notice these moments. My recent work explores the restorative effect of travel on the mind and soul, and communicates moments we might otherwise miss in the routine of daily life.

 

I am often asked why I add 3D elements to my work. I am challenged and fascinated by the process of transforming a two dimensional piece by adding a third dimension and the resulting illusion it creates. Feedback I often hear is that viewers want to "be inside" my paintings. Perhaps the 3D elements that spill off the canvas act as an invitation inside each piece.

 

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