I really enjoy landscape painting and feel compelled to depict the land. Essence, sense of place, and the study of light are things I have always focused on. Recently I have become interested in how landscape painting can be more connected to my everyday life, so I am seeking out subjects that are less picturesque and possibly more relevant. In this case, the devastating qualities of nature and the times when nature encroaches on our constructed environments. Things I like about this piece include a sense of motion, the dashboard point of view, and the interaction of organic and synthetic textures.
Itasca State Park, home of the Mississippi river headwaters...trying to paint a more relevant or realistic view of nature. I wanted to depict a very elegant and fluid green foliage and contrast that against a sharp and rigid fractured tree. I like thinking of this as a metaphor for critical mass and a breaking point. That psychological tension might be what this piece is about, I'm not entirely sure. Sometimes I paint with a very specific idea in mind, while other times I just find subjects that resonate with me and I paint them to discover their meaning.