My main source of inspiration and renewal, in life as well as art, has always been landscape spaces. What interests me in real landscapes is the complexity of the space, the constant transformations taking place that are impossible to make material. So in the imaginary landscapes I draw, there is always movement and ambiguity. Designing typefaces has heightened my awareness of how we perceive space through our recognition of contrast and texture, of how the edges between things define our physical world. I think this is one of the keys to unlocking the mystery of how we create correspondences between, say, an abstract brushstroke and a babbling brook. I'm interested in leaving the means of illusion, the maker's marks, visible to the viewer, whom I think of as a traveler.
photo by Lynn Thompson