With paint I have the tools to illuminate my subject and convey a tangible personal interpretation to connect with my audience, to show people the underlying essence of my subject, something that sparks recognition and pleasure.
After many years of living in this area, seeing the same sights over and over in different lights, I have a mental collection of certain specific views. I watch them intently, seeing them reveal themselves over the years in all kinds of weather and seasons, usually from the car, fleetingly visible, but nevertheless an imprint on the mind's eye, possibly permanent.
What is it that grabs you about a quick glimpse of a valley or hill, or collection of trees or distant folded ridges? Or a pattern of shadows on concrete, or on the skin of a melon? I believe that we see patterns that resonate with our own sense of order and the basic harmonics of the universe ~ the underlying vibe of the whole look of the place. As I love to declaim to the unsuspecting, "It's all Fractal!". Anyway, in the same sense that a Mozart concerto, or a Bach piece has order and a progression of form, a developing theme which satisfies, we can experience the same forms visually, where nature has had the chance to express herself in rhythm or movement, which is fractal, always, I do believe. This also satisfies. Repetition of Mt. Tam-like forms across the landscape, oaks with regular clumped surfaces like Broccoli tops, the settling ponds in San Francisco Bay which are quite beautifully patterned with unique colors and flowing repeating swirls ~ simple forms, seen over and again in so many other ways~ these are pleasing. There are also archetypes here, which I am interested in deciphering. Who knows where it will lead?
Here is a collection of some of the views and objects which I am drawn to. They generally show patterns. Look for them in my paintings and all around you. I hope that this exploration will help open the eyes of people to a great mystery and help them see beauty in the world, in objects large and small.