The Leaves Series This new series begins in a place of hopeful, energetic, gestural abstractions of leaves and the notion of moving through a cluttered space to one of clarity, hope and lightness. The Leaves series explores traversing through emotional layers of heartache and frustration as the symbolic and structural layers of the branches and leaves. The use of the trees and motion in the work reminds us that while blockages may occur, the elements to the journey through have a light and airy quality regardless of the path ahead.
The works are constructed with thick layers, some heavy and dark and others light and airy. This layering work begins as one layer and is then rearranged nullifying the last layer, with only hints of the former layer’s existence with texture. The layering effect creates balance and structure to the work while the color palette comes from the yearning for spring after a long winter season. Color choices in the layers and the works represent a different emotional state and the blends of each reflect the differing moods experience during the creation of each piece.
The Horizon Series The Horizon series examines the balance of stability on the horizon and the
challenges faced in the foreground and the immediacy of those challenges.
The steady horizon line constitutes serenity and certainty in the distance and
the confidence that there is a definitive horizon, no matter the immediate
challenges. The foreground of the work shows the violent, dramatic and
uncertain nature of water elements and the struggle to find the space needed to
make oneself and the world right. These contrasts of definitive yet ambiguous
space in both the stirring nature of the water and the horizon line provides
the viewer an uncomfortable balance of reflection and serenity.
Softening the Edges: Small Collage Works Collage series inspired by a mash up of landscape photographs from my experiences in Australia, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Wisconsin, and my home town of Chicago along with paintings on paper dissected and reconfigured. This mash up creates a whole new perception of landscape out of my personal experiences with a focus on soft, fluid, layered space, playful energy and a universal sense of calm. Some of these small works have served as the initial sketches for larger pieces. Sizes are approximately just under 9 in by 11 in.
Trees Series Series inspired by the landscape I experienced while running around dunes, trees, and an art colony in 2013 in Nida, Lithuania through the lens of now, and my current perspective in 2015 as well as by the landscape of New South Wales, Australia which I visited in 2012.
Riding the "El" Series Series inspired by rides home from the loop in Chicago, finding awe, calm, and opportunity.
The Quiet Series: Lake Michigan Series inspired by sitting lakeside on Lake Michigan and Lake Geneva.
Leftovers Series of small spatial works utilizing the excess marks from simultaneous, larger canvas works.
Orientation Series inspired by a new home and studio environment in Chicago.