Photograph by Jessica Ebelhar
For me, painting is a meditative practice; an outlet to release intuitive energy and let go of preconceived notions of self-imposed rules or judgements of how I interpret and portray the world. Though my architectural training often manifests itself in my work, it doesn’t constrain the freedom of expression.
Using palette knives and sharp edged tools I create a three-dimensional surface on the canvas; always striving to create a balance between the refined layers of impasto and the underlying landscape beyond. This “practice” is restorative as I create what I refer to as “inward landscapes.”
People often ask why landscapes. I have had to ask myself that question on a deeper level because it is a subject matter I cannot leave, nor grow tired of. I am a Third Culture Kid; I grew up overseas, moving many times as a missionary kid, and had the added layer of living in the midst of a civil war in Beirut, Lebanon in the early 70’s. The one thing that appeared to remain peaceful was the landscape and specifically, the horizon. No matter what was happening around me, I could stare out at the landscape, to the horizon, and seebeauty and peacefulness.
Landscapes are still an escape for me.
2009- Master of Art in Teaching, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
1996- Master of Architecture, Minor in Fine Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1992- Bachelor of Architecture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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