About "Moving Landscapes"

"Moving Landscapes"  started as a series of layered abstract landscape paintings beginning with a red underpainting and drawings copied from my sketch book, drawings that were executed while walking on land that was once covered with wild strawberries and was my home for much of my life.  At the time I was reminded of John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”, a song about place and memory.


I broadened this idea by  using other coloured grounds and drawings that were executed while moving through the landscape, either by walking or riding in a vehicle.  The coloured grounds provided me with a strategy to move away from local and illustrative landscape colours to that of vibrant, saturated, hues.  The source drawings that I used are  layered with gestural marks and overlapped images, becoming abstract very quickly, loosening an adherence to faithful representation.  The marks and the vibrant coloured grounds stimulated my imagination and memory towards paintings that are sensorially rich.