Holiday Selections | Winter 2018 - Page 10

I begin each painting with a memory of an experience in nature and work
to capture the impact it had upon me. I am less interested in describing
the land as it appears and more interested in the way it made me feel –
thus, I describe these paintings as “emotional landscapes.”
It is easy in New Mexico to find an emotional connection to beauty and
to follow its lead. In Northern California, an equally epic experience takes
place. I can envision what a condor might see as he follows the ocean cliffs
into groves of aromatic eucalyptus.
I think of those early, long journeys into the West, the settlers crossing
mountains, deserts, rivers, and Indian territories. When they finally arrived
in California they must have known it was worth it all and then, someone
must have had the same thought I did, “this must be painted.”
I moved part time to California several years ago, stimulated by the
writings of Jack Kerouac and the need to discover a place that is diversely
different from New Mexico and my familiar routines. The intellectual
stimulus of Berkeley, the creative manifestations birthed from the
mysterious tech industry of Silicon Valley, and the proximity once again to
water has made the Bay Area a home away from home.
It has taken me four years to begin to understand the vernacular of this
amazing place. Outside my window as I watch the fog roll in over the
Berkeley Hills or the reflection of the setting sun over the coast of Bolinas
and Point Reyes, I know I made the right choice to be here.


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