Pictured is the most recent progress shot of my new painting, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This is the first in a new series of large landscapes. I am contracting with photographers, both amateur and professional, from around the world to create these large paintings. My goal is to produce at least 1 large landscape per month for the next year.
This 30″x40″ painting has been a work in progress since the summer of 2016. Although some of the symbolism is intentionally open to interpretation, every detail of this work carries significant personal meaning. Due to the large size of this painting I’m able to include a lot of small details. It’s a little tricky to do this while maintaining balance. Viewers may find some hidden visual messages.
When I originally set out on the journey of composing this I meant to create a monochrome under-painting which I would eventually glaze over with color. Through the process, though, I fell in love with the dramatic effect my limited palette has already created. Combining shades of gray with shades of brown feels like enough contrast to give it depth without making it chaotic, which I feel would have happened had I begun adding color.
This 24″x48″ painting has also been in progress since the summer of 2016. My purpose with this one is to express my fascination with space by playing with light to create a surreal, glowing landscape illuminated by a galaxy and bioluminescent plant life and water. I’m using my usual style of a limited palette with the goal of creating a cohesive, moody composition.
Another 30″x40″ painting in progress since 2016, this post-apocalyptic work contrasts wildlife against a decaying urban backdrop. Once complete, the wolves will be standing on a pile of broken concrete blocks and rusted rebar. The cityscape in the background will remain dark, featuring broken windows, crumbling walls, and fallen bridges intended to convey a subliminal message: that mother nature will prevail over mankind.