It has been a few weeks since my show officially ended and I'm happy to report that all faired pretty well. This year's work, exploring new viewpoints in landscape and the large tonal triptych (pictured), garnered positive reviews. Response was particularly strong before opening night which certainly took the pressure off.
Today is a contemplative day for me. As the years pass by along with my solo shows, I've seen a gradual evolution in my work. Change and new growth inevitably marches on and my images, my technique, and my studio rhythms follow. I guess it's a matter of always digging deeper into the mysteries of the land and trying to translate on canvas what I see, not in replication, but as close to a living and breathing image as I can get. For me, it's not about copying what I see, but bringing an entire experience onto canvas; an encounter with a slice of land that burrows deep into the soul and words aren't necessary to describe the experience. I'd like to think it's a "state of beingness", you and this landscape painting. And it's your experience alone with your own range of feelings that's important.
Coming up next, is a group show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa in early November to help raise operational funds for the museum. Always extremely well done, it has been very popular over the years. I've included my paintings in the Collector's Reserve folder if you would like to view them.