Seasonal Transitions and acceptance of the next season are a way of life. Our collective human recognition is that winter is difficult from a basic survival standpoint, and also that there are, at minimum, emotional and psychologicaleffects of the shorter hours of daylight and isolation of the cold. Seasonal transitions can be slow, an almost impercep-tible shift, until something in the change marks that the turnover into the next has occurred or is occurring. A shift in the environment elicits a shift in our response to the environment and to the way we live. The winter months are a call inward, like shunting one’s energy to one’s core. A killing frost marks not only the end of one state of being but the beginning of the next.
An Occurring Fog illustrates a natural environment in the midst of such transition, showing a meadow stream and its surroundings in low, diffused light using a limited acrylic palette. The image is cold and somewhat foreboding in tone but is a gently familiar, spacious and curious space. The approach utilizes layering and texture, in part, to articulate the details in this silent timeless scene.
The painting techniques that I use enable me to work with form and energy to create low light images of the environ-ment, generally without the use of hard lines. My images tap into visual and sensory memory and a universality that extends beyond my own experience. My exploration of space and form, of ambiance and energy, primarily includes use of the sumi ink and acrylic mediums.