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About the Artist
My work explores the viewer's perception of the natural world. In “Cave and Butte” I’m exploring how our experience of moving in and around a natural space creates a memory that is more like a collage than a single static image. My process involves hiking out to an interesting natural feature and making sketches and taking photos as I approach. I often find several interesting scenes along the way that I can incorporate into the final image (as in “Cave and Butte”) or can be used as the basis for other works. Once I’ve arrived at the interesting natural feature, I set up my easel and canvas and draw the scene. In the case of “Cave and Butte” I then looked at the sketches I made on the trail and incorporated them into the composition. Next, I blocked in the general areas of color, staying true to nature. At this point (3-4 hours in) I hike back and finish the piece in my studio. In the studio, I gradually get away from the reference sketches and photos and get more into my personal experience of the place and creative instincts. When I’m finished, the painting becomes both a record of my experience and a whole new experience itself. Lives and works in Grafton, WI.