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.

Up Fall 20" x 16" acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Shamrock Shadows 30" x 24" acrylic on canvas

Wall Art 30" x 24" 2017 acrylic, charcoal on canvas

Summer Canopy 40" x 32" 2018 acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas

Down Fall 40" x 32" 2017 acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas

Bones Uplifted 30" x 24" acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Shadow Dancing 20" x 16" 2017 acrylic, charcoal on canvas

Beautiful Bones 40" x 32" 2017 acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas

Brittle Bones 30" x 24" 2017 acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas

Coneflower Cascade 16" x 20" acrylic, charcoal, and graphite on canvas

Dancing Bones 16" x 20" acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Spring Rhythm 24" x 30" 2018 acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas

At Rest 24" x 32" acrylic and charcoal on canvas