All of us have a deep connection to certain places. We see these places not as they are, but idealize them through our memories.
I draw my inspiration from 19th century landscape painting ranging from Thomas Cole, George Innes and The Hudson River School painters to Caspar David Friedrich. Similar to these painters, I interpret the landscape and how it affects me emotionally and spiritually. My approach is not about capturing reality, but creating a neo-Romantic world reflective of my memory and imagination.
Thomas Cole believed humans must commune in “pure nature.” Walking in nature is an integral part of my creative process. All of the landscapes in The Emotional Landscape were captured on my iPhone while hiking through these special places. Walking through a landscape allows me to see and feel the nuances of light and weather; and fosters an appreciation of what could be lost, and what needs to be preserved. It becomes a form of meditation. Like a painter, I manipulate these images through the layering of textures and colors to express my emotional response to a landscape that exists only in my memory.