cut through the landscape, an artificial geometry imposing
an order upon the natural forms. The road stretches to infinity,
or to nowhere, and the mind behind the wheel shifts into
an alternate state -- a calmness that allows for random
thoughts, much like meditation.
roadscapes begin with photographs shot while driving --
either around town or out on the open highway. An element
of chance is involved, since I rarely look through the viewfinder
but instead aim in the general direction and shoot. I then
reinterpret the original photograph either in pastel or
like to work large with the pastels -- bringing in my emotional
response to the image and involving intense physicality
while applying the pigments, often using many layers smoothed
with my hands.
digital prints are more cerebral -- they are an exercise
in problem solving. I scan the resource image, then digitally
manipulate it in Photoshop. Recently, I've integrated regional
maps into the compositions, to further pinpoint the sense
roadscapes are a celebration of fleeting moments frozen
in time. Urban, rural, and the roads in-between -- I share
with the viewer windows for contemplation.