landscapes no longer exist. Now that fingerprints have smudged
every square inch of this planet, we’re left as a society
to redefine natural beauty. To my eyes, some of the most stunning
visuals take shape
when nature and humans collaborate. My paintings explore
moments in which each contribution is perfectly balanced
and influenced by the
example, I’ve been working for several years on a series
of paintings influenced by a place that sounds mundane – a parking
lot – but at certain times of the year, transforms into a beautiful
landscape that has haunted me since my first glimpse, six years
ago. My view was from a renovated warehouse loft several stories
above the lot,
where downtown St. Paul postal workers parked. The first snowstorm
of the season arrived after the postal workers had parked their
the end of the day, the postal workers drove away, leaving irregularly
shaped “holes” in the snow-layered lot.
most recent work also explores another nature/human collaboration.
Around my yard is utilitarian fencing
designed not for looks
but to keep out the deer. In winter it’s occasionally transformed
into sculpture by freshly fallen snow.
than trying to depict the scene realistically, which quickly becomes
when taken out of context, I rely on abstraction
to explore the beauty of a serendipitous moment. Abstraction
removes the easy references
that would return the viewer to the mundane – a mere parking lot
or a deer fence.