Spring and Fall 2010 View Paintings
I began photographing natural reflections in the environment from large bodies of water and puddles that formed on different surfaces. I painted these photographs after I had cropped and rotated the image to focus on the reflection and give the viewer a new point of view that naturally occurs in nature. Later that year, I placed different shaped mirrors on the ground to create man-made reflections that I photographed, cropped and rotated in the same manner to paint.
Spring and Summer 2011 View Paintings
I glued broken mirror pieces together to make different small sculptural arrangements. These arrangements were hung or placed in the environment and then photographed. After cropping and rotating the photos, the images reveal an abstraction from reality. The viewer no longer recognizes the environment they see everyday, but instead sees it in multiple, fragmented points of view that reveal hidden beauties. I also created pastel drawings from these images: click HERE to view.
Fall 2011 View Paintings
I continued developing paintings from my mirror photographs. I focused on creating texture by using a hot wood burning tool to burn into the painting surface. I gradually built up transparent layers of paint, while deducting painted layers at the same time by sanding or scratching it off. These techniques are combined with painting techniques to reveal an abstract world derived from reality that breaks apart the closer it is viewed. These paintings are smaller, which invites the viewer to come close and get lost in it's texture.