The study of Alchemy has for many years informed my work, particularly in the processes used to make the work. The evidence of burning, exposure to water and air and the inclusion of earth and ash are part of the art making process. The process of layering paint, organic materials and objects and the rough surfaces that result bring the notion of time and endurance to mind. The book images that are often included are battered cultural artifacts that reflect a human presence that may or may not be relevant to the world of nature.
The colors, textures and gestures come directly from observation of nature, not in imitation of any particular landscape but rather to point to a relationship that we have with the natural world. The work results from a retreat into the wild places, both in nature and the human psyche, the retreat being an essential part of the artist’s process.
I have always been intrigued with the relationships between spirit and matter and between magical practices and natural processes and have been combining acrylic paint, found objects and materials, and mixed media to make paintings and sculpture that reflect my love for the natural world.
Recently the subject of water and issues of ocean degradation have resulted in a series of paintings called Flotation Devices. These have also served as a chance to explore a different palette, the various shades of blue. Included in these are discarded silk shirts that once again reflect a human presence and the relationship we have with this vast expanse of our environment.