Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of my adult life, I have had a lot of time to observe and connect with my surroundings in an intimate way. Like any long-term relationship, with all of its different faces, many moods and subtle changes over time, a relationship to a place, for me, comes from having a connection. I think of my work as an ongoing dialogue I am having with my everyday environment. As I roam the city streets, drive in my car, or spend time swimming in open water, I feel like an explorer, searching for those moments when I get a visceral response to what I see. Observation of the same scenery repeated over time, the play of light and different atmospheric conditions, eventually render the ordinary, extraordinary.
My process has evolved and changed subtly over time. I have always used my photos as a reference, but recently there is a point of departure, some distillation, exploration and invention allowing me to focus on the act of painting, along with all the micro decisions informing my next steps. Relying more on a sense of design, I let the painting evolve in a more organic and intuitive way that feels more adventurous.
"I feel like an explorer, searching for those moments when I get a visceral response to what I see."
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