The desire to graphically record landscape and natural phenomena and understand it on a deeply visceral level is an artistic theme of mine for several years. Working with the physical and ephemeral elements in the coastal landscape of San Francisco, as well as coastal regions abroad, I explore concepts pertaining to perception and aesthetic appreciation of landscape.
An aesthetic appreciation of one’s environment can arise from several influences. My paintings are mainly inspired by constant immersion and interaction with a particular landscape. Over time subtle changes and transient conditions created by sunlight, fog and wind become more apparent, and fulfill the ongoing desire to discover new experiences in an otherwise familiar place. More recently, historical narratives, cultural and individual experiences, and scientific information have become influential guides as well.
While my work alludes to historical traditions in landscape painting, it also reflects on ways to include contemporary perspectives that broaden traditional concepts and aesthetic preferences. Watercolor is tied to its historical traditions too, but there is an inherent ability for the medium to speak the language of contemporary painting. Having both qualities at hand, I fully engage with the exploration and recording of these unique perceptual experiences.