Sweet Afternoon, oil and charcoal on canvas, 48x60", 2017
Noah, oil and charcoal on canvas, 60x72", 2017
Muddy, oil and mixed media, detail, 2017
Charlotte's Dandelions, mixed media, 2017
Drinking Bottles, mixed media, 2017
Like many of my paintings, these new works have rough dashes of paint, but instead of covering over the intense brushstrokes and charcoal with traditional oil techniques, the gestural skeleton is revealed. By unabashedly celebrating the drawing within, I hope the viewer may better enjoy the painting process through which it was created.
At first it seemed this series was about children’s unknowing exposure to pollutants. Our family was spending time in California’s Central Valley and we had felt the effects of poor air quality and pesticides used in homes and farms nearby. By winter, as the rain flooded the land, I thought about the pollutants washing into the water we drank.
Surprisingly, those fears were only one layer of danger that my paintings revealed. A little after they were completed, we discovered that my art had captured something the kids’ lives before we knew the whole story.