The luminosity of nature inspires all of my work. These abstract landscapes are painted onto gleaming sheets of copper that I formed into low reliefs by hammering the metal to create raised undulating ridges. The translucent colors that I brush onto the glowing copper surfaces are in a dialogue, or a dance, between light and form.
Forming the copper sheets feels like sculpting directly into light as I pound the metal with my rounded hammers to flatten, stretch, raise, elongate and imprint textures onto its surface.
The tonal shades of color that I then paint over this hammered topography reflect and deflect its radiant light and energy outwards.
Though their overall compositions are abstract, these wall-mounted low relief paintings might suggest the geography of valleys and tree-topped ridges, aerial views of desert terrains, rock formations or oceanographic exploration.
These sites evoke grand pristine landscapes and the tradition of romantic landscape painting. It seems inconceivable that they are so threatened.
The edges of the thin copper sheets that rise and curve along the wall allude to the thin living crust of the earth, while the metal, conveying both light and heat, evokes my sense of apocalyptic precarity.