I’ve always relished being in the elements. Standing on a windswept hill to see for miles. The feeling of space, of nature being palpable. My plein air paintings reflect this love.
When painting I want to remain instinctive and unthinking, to simplify what is in front of me and to record it as directly as possible. I find that the best results involve a certain recklessness. Disrupting, even losing the image seems to be an important precursor to something of value ultimately emerging. I am excited by the expressive quality of oil paint and its ability to hold marks and energy, to record signs of a struggle. Ultimately I’d like the paint to speak as clearly as the painting.
De Caussade referred to “The sacrament of the present moment” which perfectly sums up not only how I feel while painting, but also the essence I hope to capture.