a painter, I have worked with abstract interpretations
of the landscape for over 20 years. Most recently
I have been experimenting with cold patination
on ferrous materials, attempting to gain control
over the various hues caused by oxidizing steel.
I am in fact painting with the various patinas
and relating the results to similarly composed
painted panels. I attach the panels and channels
of oxidized steel to the painted panels. Each
panel suggests a language of landscape through
the organic forms, shapes and colors. They suggest
the spirit of natural environments free from human
Rust occurs. It can be seen as detrimental deterioration
due to aging in much the same way we view the
effects of aging on a person's physical appearance.
Or, each can be viewed as an increasingly rich
layering of chosen experiences over a period of
paintings relate the natural process of chemical
oxidation to the painted strokes and marks of
the artist. Often a painter attempts to replicate
nature but in fact there always remains a completely
unique result that an artist can only approach.
The panels indicate the relationship between the
results of an oxidation process and the painter’s
interpretation and replication of that process.