I live beside a pristine lake and I am drawn to its beauty such as the variegated leaves in trees, water reflections, wild flowers dancing in the fields and the glow of sunsets sparkling within a forest. These memories remind me of a cherished place. In contrast, I am completely stunned by the impact of humans altering its beauty by clear cutting, leaving garbage in the ditches; oil spills on the surface of a beautiful lake, and fires burning down a forest because of human carelessness. It is this contrast between the beauty of the land next to its destruction that raises a personal awareness that I want to address in this “Interlaced” series.
Before I begin a painting I capture a photograph of a beautiful place. For example, the following photograph has become the inspiration for the next artwork.
After this layer is completed I gently and methodically map the painted landscape with painted interlaced lines. The interlaced lines acts as gauze or veil so the viewer only has a glimmer of the land beneath. The gauze becomes a catalyst for a personal narrative and the interlacing as a metaphor for the complex relationship between protection and hope versus suffocation and destruction. My paintings map this psychological and emotional relationship I have between the image of a cherished place and the footprint altering a memory of that place.