Locating A Place in This World “Hills and gardens will always be the haunts of him who seeks to cultivate his original nature”…Kuo Hi. Landscape derived imagery has been the center of my art for many years. Large scale oils are rendered with a highly saturated palette, thickly textured surface, and energetic mark making, often painted with my hands. Again, I use my archive of photographs, which document my grandparents’ farm, as the referential foundation to create work that transcends an explicit scene and transitions into a universal experience. The description of objects is not as important as their symbolic rendering, and the conditioning of space that manifests a particular psychological state. Recognizable imagery is accessible through its familiarity thus, I am faithful to the tensions and structure that exists in the spaces I photograph, print, and finally paint. The drawings are often small pieces of the larger drama, a more intimate, singular experience. "...Man never chooses a site, he simply discovers it..." Mircea Eliade My paintings are all on un-stretched linen, paper and paper canvas, which correlate directly with my abhorrence for the boundaries of manmade structures being imposed on a dynamic Universe. The size is a way to enter the painting and reflects the huge influence the Abstract Expressionists have on my art, believing, as they did, that a painting should envelope the spectator as an overwhelming presence. Locating a Place in the World is a project that uses landscape as analogies for spiritual and emotional experiences.