I have been interested in how the mind can call back imagery of the past for as long as I can remember. Our family vacations are spent mostly on the edge of a large body of water, the ocean or lake. I have spent time watching the horizon line all of my life. 40 Days and 40 Nights is the culmination of images in my mind collected over time manifested as objects depicting a reverie of memory.

These paintings of highly abstracted horizon are shaped by how vision translates to object. Many viewers express they have been to the place they identify the paintings referencing. Light and texture of atmosphere are constant themes in my work. I use thin layers of encaustic medium and paint to evoke depth; surface texture reflects light much as my subjects do. Carving into the layers of paint creates another abstract aspect for movement. This large body of small works is about imagery of the space between what we see and what we know.
 
It took me a long time to learn to call this work reductive. I had thought of my self as a minimalist primarily but have since come to learn that reductionism tends to refer to taking a large topic and breaking it down into the simplest form or bare essentials. The concept of vast space above and below is what this series is about. In addition the peace that comes from contemplation of a vast space is universal to all who view the work. There will always be 40 paintings in this series to refer to solace from spiritual trials often experienced in life. Peace comes from working through strife or completing a passage. Making this series is meditative to me by repetition of hand in the physical act of painting. When I view these paintings there is a sense of another universe, a community of voices standing together.
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