Russia, Mother Russia guest curated by Chris Crites
Shoreline City Hall Art Gallery (4th floor, 17500 Midvale Ave N)
October 13–April 21, 2016
My main source of inspiration and renewal, in life as well as art, has always been natural spaces, so I simply try to create beautiful places in my paintings. What interests me is the complexity of nature, the constant transformations taking place that are impossible to make material. I think our spiritual and creative life follows the same pattern, much as we'd like to think we are in control of every thought. So in the imaginary landscapes I draw, there is always movement and ambiguity.
Although I do a lot of plein air drawing , the more complex paintings are from memories of observation rather than direct observation.
Two influences in my work are: my training in designing typefaces, which has heightened my awareness of how the edges and spaces between things define our physical world; and my admiration for Chinese brush painting, which demonstrates how you can create opulence from the humblest of tools. Somehow these two spheres come together in what I do.
I think this way of seeing is one of the keys to the mystery of how we create correspondences between, say, an abstract brushstroke and a memory of a babbling brook. I'm interested in leaving the means of illusion, the maker's marks, quite apparent to the viewer. I think of the viewer as a traveler in my paintings, in the terrain between abstraction and recognition.