Artist Statement

The world is comprised of various compositions located in every part of this earth. From the smallest fragment to the largest view there is something worth taking note. Many times as we travel though this world we only see the big picture. We miss the subtle shift in color or the intreging compositions located at the macro view. Through the observations of these small details I am able to paint these compositions and bring attention to something passed over in the normal progression of life.

My paintings originated from a concept I had been previously exploring though photography. As I was riding the London Underground one evening, I was struck by the idea that light is the only thing that gives distinction to an area. With out light we are lost in a dark space. I thought of how as the lights fly past they make paths, so I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures from the train. I used just the available light, so the shutter speed was slowed down enough to capture large segments of my journey. When I look at the resulting slides, I saw the landscapes of my life. I printed the pictures, but was not happy with the result. The life had left the photo. They were flat. I realized the seductive quality was the light emanating through the slide. Light gave it life.

Consequently, I did not have a means to communicate these images. That is until I discovered oil painting. The oil paint allows the light to enter and bounce back out of the painting. It gives a radiant life to the painting. I also discovered that I was able to better communicate my feelings of that path by taking control of the paint.

These works are not only documentation's of where I have been, but also an interior landscape. They project the thoughts and feelings of a place. The result is an atmospheric landscape that may have soft curvilinear lines or hash ragged marks. Initially, one thinks landscape, but upon closer inspection the landscape dissolves into one line interacting with one another. The viewer is then able to see the paths that are usually hidden.