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. I witnessed violence and lived in fear. 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 see beauty and peacefulness.
Landscapes are still an escape for me.
Photograph by Jessica Ebelhar
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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