Pattern in the Forest
My most recent series, Pattern in the Forest, is an exploration of place through process. After taking a long hiatus from oil painting, creating a system to follow was a way for me to take the anxiety out of producing a “good” painting and instead focus on the joy of mark making and the things I love about the medium– like rich vibrant colors and it’s ability to retain texture.
The paintings are a the culmination of a three-phase process. During phase1, I create a plein air (on-site) oil pastel/gouache/watercolor of a place. During phase two, I create a fabric and paper “collage” of the plein air piece. Phase 3 is the creation of a larger scale oil painting using the collage as a guide. Each stage in this process builds on the last, creating pieces that become increasingly more detailed and ultimately incorporate imagery that doesn’t exist in the original place and yet expresses it perfectly.