(American, born 1951)
Bernese Oberland II, 2011
Oil on linen
Courtesy of the artist
The series of paintings, "Bernese Oberland," was inspired by my hiking
experiences in the Swiss Alps recently and from several decades earlier.
In these works, I explore the relationships between earth and stone,
sky and water as I experienced the local geography, the weather,
the effects of climate change, and the passage of time. The Bernese
Oberland is a place of awe-inspiring beauty and power that also reveals
nature's vulnerability as glaciers recede.
Remembered moments inspire my work – when a particular light and
atmosphere transformed the landscape. I explore a fleeting reality
where color, form, sound and smell interact. Here, I can merge the
abstract with the figurative, space with the object, the mundane with
the spiritual. Using the filters of time and memory as my guide, I build
delicate layers of color and mark. These reveal the poetry of rhythms
that weave through this place of nature and invite quiet meditation.
I begin each work by recollecting a moment and allow my memory to
meander with time's passing. I thrive on the ambiguity of past, present
and future, and work from what seems real, knowing that all is elusive
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