Art Education/Drawing & Painting
Throughout my life, the outdoors has been an inspiration for me in many ways. Immersing myself in nature has given me the ability to change the pace within myself, often gaining a sense of peace within the world around me. This meditative state encourages me to search for visual connections and balance, not only within the world but into my paintings as well.
When hiking through a landscape or painting on a canvas, light is one of the significant qualities I focus on. Exploring the compatible relationship between light and color alters perceptions of space and time. When painting, I aim to emulate that same sense of harmony by simplifying color and form. This simplification process balances attention between representational elements and colors, which offer abstract emotional connection.
Landscapes cannot be seen in one view. This is true for a hiker and a painter. The experience of moving through space changes perception and sense of space over time. Combining these perspectives, both as a painter and hiker allows for a richer understanding of the landscape to unfold. Having more than one perspective allows me to create overlap, transparency, and complex relationships within the paintings.
This series was created to encourage viewers to view landscapes in a new way. A way they can connect themselves within the work, bringing their own experiences with both landscapes and painting to the surface. Gaining a sense of peace and harmony from the paintings, the viewer is able to carry this new perspective into their own lives and one's own relationship to landscapes as a meditative space.