Training the Eye to See

A change of scenery and landscape often can help to de-clutter the mind and at the same time re-organize and re-energize your perspective. When I am traveling I always feel as if I am chasing that sense of expanse, that opens, the sense of getting lost in a landscape, only to find myself again. Nature has always been the place where I turn to find that greater internal feeling that I am part of a beautiful and organic process. The relationships between sea, sky, and land are what drives my work. Whether its a day hike, a short, road trip or traveling to Ireland in the UK to explore forgotten coves and hidden lakes of Conor Pass as the photo below shows. I like to find moments of quiet in a landscape where bodies of water and sky meet translating in my mind to lines and blocks of color. There is no better feeling than placing the first mark on a clean canvas and slowly letting go of the fear of preciousness, to embrace where my own hand's will take me.  The last year has been a discovery process for me. As I absorb more of the world around me I turn to paint to decipher all the nuances I see. I begin with small color studies and almost scientific gestation of places, usually tied to water, I can dissect these into line, shape and blocks of color and apply them into a composition. This process of abstraction is a recording of how I see and experience the world around me. 

Panoramic View From an Outlook on Connor's Pass, En Route to Dingle Ireland 

Panoramic View From an Outlook on Connor's Pass, En Route to Dingle Ireland