the unexpected impact of place
I generally don’t consider my work to be influenced much by place. However, over this last year I have been impacted dramatically by two places, Wichita, Kansas and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Visually and culturally these cities are strikingly different. However, their affects on my work have been similar: a movement toward strong shape, an exploration of exposed areas of my paintings, and a movement toward the extremes of value. What is coming out in these?
adobe, wood and steel beams, old walls of San Miguel, stark flat horizons, cranes, oil derricks, graffitied and postered walls of Wichita
I’m anxious to see where this work goes. Here’s one from this week, teaching and working in San Miguel:
adobe y negro (i). oil and cold wax on panel, 16 x 16 inches, 2018.
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