I see the natural world and the man-made environment in constant tension.  My work explores this dichotomy between freedom and control though the painting process. Using tactile materials, I explore fragmentation, organic rhythms and unexpected juxtapositions. I aim to create the conditions of the natural world through controlled accidents (like pouring liquid paint on a tilted surface) or the man-made through geometric shapes, hard edges and inkjet prints. Here, space and scale are intentionally ambiguous. We might be looking at a river or a crack in the sidewalk.
I have long been interested in maps, aerial views and textures that imply vast spaces. Nowhere is the tension between the man-made and the natural environment more evident than in our fragile watersheds. The Charles River and, more recently, the Rio Grande, have become the locus of my investigations.

Over 2015-16, I have been following the course of the Rio Grande in selected places: from Bosque del Apache to Mesilla, El Paso to Big Bend and from Albuquerque north to the headwaters in  Colorado.  I found wild parts of the river and areas where intensive desert farming and development have all but drained the river of its water. It is a subject too vast and complex for imagery. So instead, I have focused on natural processes like fluid movement and evaporation. Materials such as salt, crushed shell and acrylic paint allow me duplicate  some of these conditions on a small scle in my studio. Over time, the salt may erode the underlying canvas. Like the land and water these works reference, the only constant is change.


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