Artist’s Statement: These paintings explore the visual qualities of natural landscapes that derive their unique characteristics from the limiting stresses of repeated natural disturbances, in particular: fire, flood, and drought. Due to these natural stresses, landscape features that would normally be obscured by vegetation become clearly legible. The resulting spatial configurations are often suffused with abundant light and atmospheric effect, but it is typically the coherent patterns and textures of the endemic vegetation that establish the essence of the scene.
As natural landscapes go, these environments are, on the whole, not very complex from a visual point of view, and it is in part their simplicity that attracts me to them. On the other hand, understanding that their visual attributes, and indeed their very existence, are a result of thousands of years of natural disturbance, for me, adds a great deal of significance and even mystery to the imagery.
I find I am drawn repeatedly to visit and to paint these places where the bend of an opening around distant trees invites exploration as the mind wanders over sunlit grasses.