Images: Glacial Crevasse | Acrylic on panel | 2017, Comfort in Presence | Acrylic on canvas | 2017, Decay | Acrylic on panel | 2017
My abstract paintings investigate isolated components of the Alaska landscape and how those features influence our sense of place. My subject selection is driven by a desire to capture and preserve ever-changing features such as melting glaciers, the comforting summer canopy of a birch forest, and decaying spring snow. The layers and varying colors within my work represent my examination of, and emotional response to, our environment. With each painting I ask "What is the existence value? Who are we when this is gone?" As I continue to develop my approach and connection with the natural world, I find these to be sources for exploring our relationship with time, impermanence, and the unknown.
I hope my work fosters a stronger emotional connection between the viewer and the landscape and that by developing a relationship with the natural world, people are inspired to be better stewards of the environment.
I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for the Creative Excellence Award. The grant would enable me to further develop and expand my body of work, as well as continue connecting people to the wonders of Alaska and show how climate change is impacting the features we love.