About the Artwork
The Fantasy Landscapes
The surreal forms and colors of the landscapes developed in my first painting - a failed attempt at realism. Barely into the image, I felt bored and confined by copying what I saw and began painting what I imagined. I have been visualizing this imaginary world on a continual basis since that first landscape.
I enjoy using realistic and fantastical images together in a landscape, a combination of the outer world and my inner world.
The originals are acrylic paint on canvas.
The Midnight City Series
The Midnight City series is my first venture into the world of creating fine digital images. These paintings are from mobile phone photos I have been taking during night time walks through downtown Seattle. I work from the reference photos using the digital painting programs Krita for Mac and Procreate for iPad.
The Sci-Fi Seattle Series
Feeling inspired to make some sci-fi images just for fun, I used my home city of Seattle as the setting. Starting with photos, I manipulate and distort, paint in new elements, and collage in 3D rendered objects. A playful venture.
The iPad Plein Air Series
I had a desire to try plein air painting, but had no desire to tote my canvas, paints, brushes, and other supplies - iPad to the rescue. I had made other paintings using the iPad, and it proved an amazingly flexible tool for plein air as well. Seattle's Greenlake is the subject of the first of these paintings.
The Creatively Processed Collection
The images in this collection are digitally altered versions of photos of some of my own original paintings on canvas. Using various imaging programs I digitally paint, add filters, textures, etc. to make an old image new and different.
Taking inspiration from the classic Mandelbrot and Julia fractal algorithms, I applied metallic and enamel-like texturing and 3D contouring and lighting to render my own takes on these well loved fractals.