The sea, sky, and all living creatures are transient. It is only the land that endures. It is the land that sustains us. I am creating nature based images to provide an escape from the everyday and foster a connection with the importance of the land to mans well-being.
Rather than provide a mirror to what is easily seen, I am trying to represent ordinary scenes in an expressive way to capture a fleeting mood or impression. Not to explicitly say what I feel, but to allow the viewers imagination to interpret the work, and form a connection to a fleeting thought or emotion they may have felt once before. I want them to sense the importance of the land, and how man needs nature to survive; not just physically but emotionally as well.
“I don’t paint the landscape. I paint the spirit disguised as a landscape.”
I am trying to represent the poetry within a place which the viewer can connect with through the human spirit, more so than the intellect. It is a form of visual storytelling to communicate with them where words fail. You can speak the words to someone and have them understand, but through a poem or painting you can speak in a language people can feel in the depths of their soul. Because I want to speak on a more emotional, intimate level, my paintings are in a smaller format to foster a closer, quieter conversation. I don’t have a loud personality, so why should my paintings be any different?