Shade and Shadow


I consider myself a social neo-abstractionist. I also consider myself an environmentalist. In the past I created work that commented on contemporary issues that plague nature and speculated possible solutions to the problem. While my environmental concerns haven’t changed, I am tired of dwelling on the negative.
In my new series “Shade and Shadow” my aim is to emphasize the forgotten beauty of nature. I explore my own habitat and shoot photos of landscapes, selecting specific aspects from each image to create a pseudo-realistic view of the Midwest. Although I consider the photos a finished product, I love the feel of brush and paint on canvas. So, each painting is a reflection of that love, and nature is further reduced to the bare essentials of line, color, shape and light, independent of visual reference to the real.