Having farmed for the better part of my adult life, it comes as no surprise that my painted imagery would involve the forms, energy forces and processes of the natural world. That imagery seems to be lodged in my memory, in general, as the forces that bind and dissolve.
Using oil paint, water colors, acrylic inks and graphite on paper, I search for these images through the lines and shapes that my hands make, not as I saw them day after day in the field, but as I imagined them to be. I look for ways that energy and matter, both being finite, are constantly being rearranged into newly bound forms and new relationships. A compost pile is magic: decomposition of all living things feeds new life. And in the process, distinctions blur between animals, vegetables, rocks.
I am not able to describe these things with pre-planned images or words, but I know when my hand discovers them with the marks that pigment and graphite make. And I can respond with each subsequent mark until the image is clearer and approaches balance and, if I’m lucky, beauty.
My marks on paper tend to be intensely interactive, as has been my experience with the complexly interactive world - unified by these interactions that forever proclaim change.