My recent work is a series called "Shorelines" that now numbers 15 paintings. I grew tired of the horizon line and became fascinated with describing the place where the ocean and the land meet. This is where natural and man made litter come ashore. References to what is now being called the Anthropocene Era include plastic, netting, balloon ribbon, shards from Japan, metal scraps, as well as polymers, polyeurethane, and hardware store latex paints. How to include these references in paintings describing the intricate beauties of the seashore continually challenges me.
Last summer I focused my work on the Reservoir, or Gardiner Pond, below Hanging Rock and behind Sachuest Point and Second Beach. I walk there almost every day, and the series tries to capture a very simple view in a variety of views: dawn, July noon, sunset, swallows, egrets and wind.
In my current paintings, I have completed twenty 6"x6" canvases of all different seashore species and views. Each painting includes references to both organic and man-made bits of detritus: a piece of netting, shards and sheets of plastic, a bar code, sand, shells, seaweed : things I pick up along the shoreline as well as images of sea turtles, horseshoe crabs, trillobites, minnows, diatoms etc.
The small paintings have been exhibited in small groups, rows, a large grid or alone.
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