Melt Back in the Night, 2016, acrylic on canvas panel; private collection.
I find myself continually drawn to the ephemeral elements in nature-- the fleeting fog, shifting light, the whispering mist. While spending three months living on a small lake in western Washington, I was able to observe the way the elements changed the surface of the water throughout each day.
The initial impetus for this ECHOES series was simple reflections in water, but as I observed the lake day after day, I found that there was nothing at all simple about its surface or the reflections held therein. Observing from the house, the reflections of trees on the opposite shore were long and lean, but shortened as I drew closer to my own shoreline. On cold mornings, the mist mingled with the light to create a shroud that hovered just above the surface, hiding the depths beneath. I became more interested in interpreting what is happening on and beneath the water’s surface-- the depths hiding below, that misty fog, the random patterns in the water created by the breath of the wind mingled with the undercurrent.
These ECHOES are more than merely a reflected mirror image. They are reverberations of what emanates above, below, and upon.