In this recent body of work I have chosen to explore the natural environment that seems to dwell in our periphery. I have also begun to experiment using different materials while looking at the rural areas that abound in North America.
The Hay Bale Series
In this series of paintings I used bold and vibrant colours on routered and gouged plywood with attached fence posts and cattle wire. I am attempting to bring attention to the bales because of their seemingly awkward placement in the flat fields off of our county roads. We tend to drive through, around, or by the beauty that lays out of our car window every day with very little time for thought. The hay bale seems strange because it comes directly from the environment but has been manipulated to appear near alien to it. Patterson Ewen’s gouged paintings of subjects such as the moon or the sun had a great influence on this series of paintings.