Recent paintings feature figures in landscapes of the west coast. The paintings explore the relationships between the figures and the landscape in which they play, hike, stroll and contemplate, investigating the impact of the distinctly human practice of ‘being in the landscape’ on the psychology and physiology of the individual. The paintings make reference to romantic sublime paintings in a contemporary idiom – these are distinctly leisure time pursuits equipped with the latest outdoor clothing and equipment, rather than any romantic notion of the awesome power of the wilderness and the elements. The figures tend to be lost in their own contemplation of the elements or vistas, referencing the idea of the ‘improving’ or curative powers of the natural environment.
Paint is applied variously in glazes or in thick lively brushstrokes, creating dynamism on the surface and bringing the attention back to the painting as painted surface only ever alluding to a scene once experienced. The viewer can just as easily become visually entwined in the painterly networks describing gnarled roots, dense foliage, rippled water or snow capped mountains as in the contemplation of the subject matter.