Landscapes have had a long timeline in western history as part of religious scenes, classical scenes, or the portrait tradition. It wasn’t until the 19th century and the invention of paint tubes and the new chemistry of commercial oil paints that artists were able to go outside and adopt the landscape as a topic all on its own.
In my work, I don’t merely copy what I see. The artist’s job is to sift out details, leaving only the most important. I try to make the fewest strokes possible and still be able to know what the painting is about.
Sometimes landscape tells a story, other times it’s about weather, temperature, light or lack of it, gesture or mood. The theme can also be art itself. The themes are endless, but mine is always specific to an identifiable place.