The central idea of my concentration is to study landscapes through time, focusing on the changing appearance of my local surroundings through the seasons. especially through the seasons.
My concentration explores natural landscapes through a painterly lens, exploring the vibrancy of color and expressive mark-making. In my first few pieces (#1,3,4), autumn was my inspiration. These pieces display the bright and varied hues of the harvest season. In my style of mark-making, I began by painting base dark and light values, followed by layering colors on top. This method worked to develop a realistic vision of light, with a hierarchy of several different values in shadows. As the year progressed, winter took over and the mood of the works (#5,6,7) changed through a cooler, more limited color palette. The work grew to envelope scenes where man meets nature. I emphasized the organic shapes of nature through juxtaposition with rigid, uniform lines of metallic structures and wires. At the start of my concentration, I used highly rendered shapes and lines, then shifted to more quick approach to painting, strengthening the impression and mood of each piece: vividness of autumn, coolness of winter. The last portion (#8,9) of my concentration focused on developing strong, purposeful use of color theory, contrasting each season’s hues from a complementary base. The work also developed an intense investigation into articulating the softness of landscapes, creating a peaceful, aetherial view.