Forged by Drought, Flood, and Fire: Scenes of Remnant Landscapes

February 27 - March 22, 2004

Circle Gallery, UGA

Athens Georgia

An opening for the exhibit was held on Friday, February 27th 4pm - 7pm.

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.

Vernal Pools at Heggie’s Rock

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Columbia County, Georgia
2001

Oil on canvas 48 x 66in. (167.64 x 121.92cm)
Private collection

Heggie’s Rock

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Columbia County, Georgia
March 2001

Oil on canvas 48 x 60in. (152.4 x 121.92cm)
Artist's collection

Rock and Shoals Flatrock

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
February 2001

Oil on canvas 30 x 36in. (91.44 x 76.2cm)
Collection of Athens-Clarke County

Crooked River 2

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St. Marys, Georgia
May 21, 2003

Oil on paper 7.75 x 7.75in. (19.685 x 19.685cm)
Artist's collection

Laurel Fork Drainage #2

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
September 30, 2003

Oil on canvas 16 x 22in. (55.88 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Out in the Savanna

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
October 24, 2003

Oil on canvas 16 x 22in. (55.88 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Greenwood Plantation

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Thomasville, Georgia
October 22, 2003

Oil on canvas 22 x 16in. (40.64 x 55.88cm)
Private collection

Belt Park

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Little Belt Mountains, Montana
June 4, 2001

Oil on paper 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

White Cliffs

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Missouri River Breaks, Montana
June 7, 2001

Oil on paper 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Chehaw River

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Colleton County, South Carolina
July 28, 2004

Oil on canvas 12.5 x 18in. (45.72 x 31.75cm)
Private collection

Laurel Fork Drainage #1

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
September 30, 2003

Oil on canvas 12 x 16in. (40.64 x 30.48cm)
Private collection

Gulf Coast Marsh 1

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St. Marks National Wildlife Reserve, Florida
May 16, 2001

Oil on board 11 x 14in. (35.56 x 27.94cm)
Private collection

Black Balsam Knob 6,200 Feet

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
September 30, 2003

Oil on paper 10 x 14in. (35.56 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Smith River Rangeland

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Cascade County, Montana
June 1, 2001

Oil on paper 9 x 14in. (35.56 x 22.86cm)
Private collection

The Front Range

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Cascade County, Montana
June 2, 2001

Oil on paper 8 x 14in. (35.56 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Eagle Creek Cliffs

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Missouri River Breaks, Montana
June 6, 2001

Oil on paper 7.5 x 14in. (35.56 x 19.05cm)
Artist's collection

Vernal Pool 2

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Heggie's Rock, Columbia County, Georgia
June 2002

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Savanna in Early Morning Fog

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
May 16, 2001

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

White Cliffs Sunset

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Missouri River Breaks, Montana
June 6, 2001

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Artist's collection

Laurel Fork Drainage #3

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
September 30, 2003

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Savanna in Morning Light

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
May 16, 2001

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Dusk

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Madison County , Georgia
February 11, 2003

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Artist's collection

Gulf Coast Marsh 3

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Steinhatchee, Florida
May 18, 2001

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
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Morning Vapors

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
October 23, 2003

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Pine Stand

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Seminole State Park, Georgia
May 20, 2002

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Edge of the Grassy Bald

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
May 31, 2003

Oil on paper 7.75 x 7.75in. (19.685 x 19.685cm)
Private collection

Long Leaf in the Big Woods

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Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia
May 21, 2002

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Desoto Falls

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Lumpkin County, Georgia
May 28, 2003

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Chalky Bluestem

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Seminole State Park, Georgia
May 20, 2003

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Fore Dunes

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Cumberland Island, Georgia
May 23, 2002

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Crooked River 1

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St. Marys, Georgia
May 21, 2003

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Chesser Prairie

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Reserve, Georgia
May 24, 2002

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Floodplain Forest

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Reed Bingham State Park, Georgia
May 20, 2002

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
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Blood Mountain

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Lumpkin County, Georgia
May 28, 2002

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Sandy Creek Boulder

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Oconee National Forest, Greene County , Georgia
April 30, 2003

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Savanna in Evening Light

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
May 15, 2001

Oil on board 5.5 x 14in. (35.56 x 13.97cm)
Private collection

Gulf Dunes 2

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Deer Lake State Park, Florida
October 24, 2003

Oil on paper 7.5 x 10in. (25.4 x 19.05cm)
Private collection

Peabody Woods

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Dover, Massachusetts
June 13, 2003

Oil on paper 6.5 x 10in. (25.4 x 16.51cm)
Artist's collection

Water Lily and Never Wet

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Reserve, Georgia
May 23, 2003

Oil on paper 6 x 9.75in. (24.765 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Gulf Dunes 1

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St. Joe Beach, Florida
October 24, 2003

Oil on paper 5.5 x 8in. (20.32 x 13.97cm)
Private collection

Graveyard Fields #1

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
October 1, 2003

Oil on paper 6 x 7in. (17.78 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Graveyard Fields #2

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
October 1, 2003

Oil on paper 6 x 8in. (20.32 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Crooked River 3

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St. Marys, Georgia
May 22, 2003

Oil on paper 4.75 x 8in. (20.32 x 12.065cm)
Private collection

Crooked River 4

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St. Marys, Georgia
May 22, 2003

Oil on paper 4.75 x 8in. (20.32 x 12.065cm)
Private collection

Sandy Creek Evening

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Oconee National Forest, Greene County , Georgia
March 25, 2003

Oil on paper 3.75 x 6.5in. (16.51 x 9.525cm)
Private collection