oil on canvas
36" x 36"
All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition XXXIV
Anchorage Museum Permanent Collection
Alaska inspires these images. But rather than trying to paint an exact picture of what I see I look into the canvas for the image. Alaska's drama, the volatile weather, dramatic light and elusive coastal forms are paintings in process all the time. Painting has helped me appreciate our weather quite a bit more than I did as a child growing up here, longing for the sun. These days I see a painting in every heavy sky and mist-shrouded shoreline, and when light bursts through translucent layers of color to create a mysterious sense of place. Building the surface with thin glazes and exploring the tension between the solidity of paint and the instability of form in fleeting light is my inspiration. I am happy with a painting that hovers between pure abstraction and a kind of natural realism.