Water, the mother of life and our most valuable resource- one that shapes our everyday existence and will dictate our world’s political future—has been diminished by our dismissed respect and lack of care. Humanity’s elevation of self over nature, presumes we can ever access and control our environmental assets by right.
Most of us live our lives without fearing lack of clean fresh water. We hear the threats to far away people, places and other life forms. We listen to foreboding forecasts of future depletions and habitat devastations. These threats seem as far a way as the horizon.
Rather than painting the vast endless flow from shore to horizon, I choose to paint more intimate portraits. I hope to paint personal experiences- what we can see standing on shores’ edge, looking down from a boat, pier or bridge, or physically standing in the water.
I attempt to portray water’s power to shape the land. Water’s mutable bodies are daily and hourly carving- barely visibly and sometimes extremely- refiguring its shores. I’ll explore the patterns of water’s flow around and over obstacles, its deft ability to distort our perception through its layers of motion. Lastly, I hope to suggest its surface patterns and the reflection of earth and sky.
If I can capture a moment, evoke memories in others of time spent captivated by the power, beauty and movements of water perhaps those horizon lines will be foreshortened and our need to take action internalized.