My landscapes serve as imagined scenarios that are inspired by the natural world around us. This series draws from the historical genre of Plein air painting practiced by such icons as; Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro and Pierre-August Renoir who were driven by the transference of time, space, movement and essence of place within painting. My work aims to build upon their earlier technology of paint and brush by incorporating multi-media elements of photography, encaustic and collage. Also inspired by American 19th Century philosopher and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, my landscape paintings seek truth in the remotest of spaces as with Walden Pond. They reflect countless hours of wandering through various locations seeking out spaces that resonate a mystical serenity. Once found, often hundreds of photographs are taken of these environments and the objects that inhabit them.
In the studio, I manipulate these images digitally, deconstructing and re-combining them while incorporating various textures, collage elements and colors to re-invent the feeling that a particular scene evoked. The result is printed using archival inks and paper, mounted onto a wood panel and becomes the base for an encaustic painting. The encaustic is poured, brushed and heated into grid-like or striped patterns, which mirror my continued interest in abstraction and the role it plays in evoking emotion. The translucent quality of encaustic directly applied to the surface augments whatever atmospheric condition the image holds. In addition, it is a media that allows for a broad range of surface textures and, by its very nature, speaks of the fragility of life and memory.