During the past few years I have had the privilege of visiting some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth including California’s Sequoia National Forest, Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks, the red rocks of Sedona Arizona, the tough deserts of Canyonlands and Arches in Utah, Monument Valley in Navajo Nation, and of course the Grand Canyon.
I was awestruck with the beauty and silences of these places and deeply inspired to create a number of new paintings and films which attempt to capture the essence of what I felt both as an artist and as a human being.
I am increasingly aware of the threats to these landscapes, not just in the short term, but in the future, as the effects of climate change begin to alter rain patterns, glaciers and local ecologies in ways we are only just beginning to comprehend.
My paintings are part of my extended homage to nature and are my abstract impressions of colour, mystery, and the spirit of place.
My recent paintings have been hugely influenced by the winter here in New York State... frozen waterfalls, ice, snow drifts and landscapes blazing in winter hues.
I continue to use the finest oil paints I can find and in 2008, I was excited to visit the world’s only windmill dedicated to producing artist grade pigments from natural rocks at ‘De Cat’ windmill in Zaanse Schans in Holland. I have incorporated some of these beautiful colours into my latest paintings.