I use an additive and reductive process of application, combining marks created from both muscle memory and interactive play with the medium. The landscape that emerges from each image often resembles a place I am connected to through either personal experience or family history.
Traits of my native home in South Louisiana, the desert southwest of Tucson, Arizona where I have also lived, or parts of my father’s home in Northeastern Ohio, will weave their way into my process. Each of these places is significantly shaped by the presence or absence of water.
In Louisiana, water has a profound presence. Waterways shift and push through the landscape, while humidity and rainfall monopolize the air. In Tucson, water is a limited resource. There is an absence of natural surface water throughout the city. The dry desert environment, exposed to a relentless sun, provides for overwhelming skies and constant shifts of color throughout the day’s passing. In Northeastern Ohio, locks once built to control the water have been rendered useless by newer technology. Today they are left hidden by overgrowth as they decompose from seasonal weathering.
Aspects of these three places embed themselves into my work. They can be found depicted by direct representation or through more experimental processes of media application. The final image often holds a combination of influence while a new space is revealed.