Innerscape1 Innerscape2 Innerscape #4, pastel & mixed media, framed in 8 x 10 shadow box Innerscape6
Innerscape7 Innerscape #8, pastel & mixed media, framed in 8 x 10 shadow box Innerscape12 Innerscape #13, Pastel & Mixed media, framed in 8 x 10 shadow box

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INNERSCAPES

My most recent work is a series of abstract paintings in which I combine soft pastel with other media including iridescent oil pastel, metallic acrylic paint, acrylic pen, pastel pencils, charcoal, Pearlex, alcohol and fixative. I use a photo reference as a starting point for each painting, These include photos I have taken of an ancient rhino bone bed, fossils, rock formations and closely cropped views of nature and objects around me. After laying down the shapes I find interesting, I put the reference aside and begin a process of intuitive mark-making and color selection, combined with conscious decisions about composition, value and texture. My goal is to create an engaging, mysterious scene that, while not based in reality, is strangely familiar.

Each painting is framed "floating" in an 8”x10” black shadow box, creating greater intimacy with the art and giving the illusion that you are peering into a secretive world.