In the early 1990’s the focus in
my work has recently moved away from a
concentration on the primal southern swamps
of the United States, where I found the
elements of life, death, birth, spatial
disorientation, peace, terror, and both
a sense of recognition and the fear of
loss in these days of ecological crisis.
The new work dealt with life elements
in an arctic environment. I use Nature
as Metaphor and in this context, ice suggests
a suspension of life, but also a possible
thawing and rebirth.
To me, the life-teeming swamp and the
impenetrable arctic landscape both have
a sense of hidden life. And it is the
unseen, but the experienced images of
these landscapes that I am painting.
Since dichotomies, juxtapositions, metamorphoses,
are also important to me, I often work
in the diptych form. This permits me to
play even further with the spatial disorientations
that we experience in nature as well as
exploring space on the two-dimensional