I think of my work as a diary of the mundane. Like a tourist even at home, armed with my camera: I collect my compositions and subject matter from my immediate surroundings, and the places I visit. I look for strong light, and bright color – elements to excite me as a painter. Conceptually, I am interested in the landscape of contemporary life: the spaces, places, and things that exist around us. Landscape and the way we as a civilization shape it are a major theme of my work. Lately, I’ve been collecting dumpsters, an emblem of contemporary urban lifestyle.I love the bright colors, the distressed and rusty metal. I also find a lot of imagery when I’m driving in my car – the freeways, the construction, bright orange pylons, piles of earth, big trucks, the lay of the land and the road. I guess I’m a bit of an environmentalist, and I am alarmed by the rate of speed our world is changing right in front of our eyes. I sometimes feel nostalgic for the old architecture and the open fields of the past, but I also like to think of my paintings as a way to slow down the present – a visual meditation on the world we live in.
In May of 2006; I spent 8 days in the Palm Springs - Palm Dessert Area driving and bicycling around and collecting landscape images for the paintings that follow. In the years previous I had done a series of night time images which included swimming pools at night, and then I always had this interest in perfectly manicured lawns and maintained landscape. So Palm Springs with it's golf courses and swimming pools seemed like an ideal place to satisfy my visual needs. What I found when I got there was a dichotomy between the places I had access to and what I was on the outside of.. usually a gate or a wall. I noticed water in an entirely different way too, and the green tarp fences illuminated by the sun were something new for me.
So, I took it all in. The paintings that follow are what came from my experience.