My current work focuses on Alpine and Desert landscapes - the geological process of land formation and how it relates to the construction of paintings.
Landscape, for me, is more than a gorgeous sunset over a ridge line, but a complex history of existence, survival and geological drama at the hands of Mother nature. Erosion forces that etch canyons, carve dunes and dissolve glaciers are similar to those that cause resists, flows and reactions in artist's paint and inks.
I mask off individual sections of my paintings and treat each area to several layers of paint with a variety of "erosion" techniques between those layers. I use water, salt, solvents, blown air, heat and my palm sander in a forceful but directed gestural manner to "erode' the paint surface and create a naturalistic landscape composed largely of abstract geological textures.
Icelandic Aurora has a gorgeous glow to the center area of interest where the reddish under painting is ghosting through the blue transparent layers of paint. The other neat moment, comes after looking at it for a while, and your eyes adjust to the subtle teal green coming through in the mid ground as reflection of the Northern Lights high above.
These dark blues, alpine whites and warm grays are my favorite colors to use since moving to the mountains.
You can see this piece at Gallery Mar in Park City, UT