"Water" new paintings curated by Todd Marshall Contemporary
Water brings the magic. It obscures the view of submerged rocks and leaves, while reflecting the sky and surrounding trees. Leaves land on the surface, with a little ripple this world will dance. My challenge is to make paintings that represent the way these pools make me feel and to create a visual panacea.
The turpentine stains run like watercolors, underneath layers of thick direct paint. It takes great restraint to be conservative with my marks, to create an unfinished quality with enough detail to bring the image into focus. By presenting an intimate glimpse of the landscape on a large-scale canvas, I hope to give the viewer control of their own experience. From a distance the painting looks like a spring, walk closer and it deconstructs, exposing my oil painting process. I want the viewer to visually bathe in these painted waters.
"A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable." -Wordsworth
My family moved to St. George when I was five years old. Though I lived there for less then a year the beauty of the landscape left a lasting impression on me. Bottles filled with colorful sand art were popular at this time. I remember considering how I could collect the different colored sands from the hills to create my own art. It feels like a return to my childhood to create this group of paintings to show amongst the red rocks of St. George. I found the inspiration for this new body of work walking through the river bottoms at sunrise throughout Washington County. This exhibition is a celebration of the wildness of the unkempt vegetation conversing with jewel-toned pools.