Acrylic on Linen
Unframed size 24 x 44 in.
Artist’s Comments (Artist’s Comments are intended solely for those viewers who would appreciate more information on the motivations and processes involved in each painting. They are not intended to direct how anyone might respond to or interpret my work.)
This painting tries to capture the magic of the nature, over different times, night and day, throughout the seasons, in ancient times and modern. The bars alternate light and dark, suggesting the movement of day to night, summer to winter.
To the left of the canvas are three inserts: 1) of a butterfly (symbolizing what lives in the forest), 2) eye shapes based on Coastal Indian designs (symbolizing the the intregal part of these cultures in the life of the forest), and 3) a shoreline (symbolizing the ocean and the many lakes and rivers surrounding the forest).
The mystical lettering which appears in the forest suggests history: the stories, the knowledge, that great bank of unknown material that existed in the past and has formed what we are now looking at.
For over 30 years much of my work has examined as a major theme the changing face of landscape, contrasting the timeless movement of natural forces such as erosion and seasonal changes to the changes made though man-made forces. A year working in Australia, and living and studying with the Haida in the Queen Charlotte Islands emphasized the tremendous harm man has done to the environment and to aboriginal societies in the name of progress, and the need to heal that harm.
My images incorporate a multitude of views in one piece, unusual juxtapositions of images and ideas, often in ambiguous spatial relationships. Sometimes a distant view will be offset with close up details of the land and foliage. In contrast, the imprint of contemporary technology on natural elements is suggested through the addition of hard-edged elements, often a grid-like formal structure which contains and provides the framework for examining a specific area.