The rules of nature seem to be clear and simple, the limits easier to define. I can see immediate effect of my actions and I know that my decisions alone are important to my continued existence. Unimportant issues are filtered out, leaving only those elements that really matter, both in my paintings and in my life. This experience from nature is so compelling that I have situated myself completely into this environment, by living full-time in a campground. Everyday tasks like walking to the bath house to shower become face to face encounters with nature.
For me, the night is more alive than the day, especially in the forest. Our visual faculties are lessened by the dark and we are constantly looking to identify noises or smells we are encountering. This results in not truly seeing the forest but experiencing it. Our senses are being overwhelmed. My paintings are rooted in this particular action. The seeing but not seeing, the not seeing but feeling.
On-site observational painting allows me to immediately record my experience of the forest. They are far from literal representations of the forest but are exploring that overwhelmingness of this interaction between myself and nature. As our world becomes more technologically driven our experience with nature becomes less direct, mediated through screens my paintings aim to question ones relationship with nature. Challenging the assumptions of what nature is, how we come to know it, and ultimately, how we interact with it.