These canvases are dark landscapes, the result of my long time interest in dense lines, in packed, insect-like forms which verge on the figurative. My intention for the forms here is that they almost stare out at the viewer, alive, caught in a moment between utter stillness and sudden motion. Like my ink drawings of unreal landscapes, these paintings suggest to me a determined continuation of some stubborn, tenacious, tightly structured life form. My perception of the determination and continuity of life, suggested by the images as well as by my own determination in the process of making oil paintings, is an essential element that gives meaning to my work.
I love the actual painting process, using the paint to construct something that seems simultaneously mechanical, cartoon-like, and organic. For me, the actual making of a painting or drawing, the struggle of it, is essential. The tight, intricate arrangement of lines and form are an integral part of my painting style, as are the looser gestures, whether I am creating gnarled trees or these less obvious forms. These paintings are structures, systems of line, and like my landscape drawings, they are heavily influenced by light and the natural world.