Oil on canvas
In my recent practice of painting the geology of Idaho, I have been focusing on an expressionistic style of representing the landscape, capturing how the subject makes me feel. In this painting of Mt Borah, I used extensive and strong color to represent the majesty of the mountain and to capture the light on the peaks. This uplifted part of the Lost River Range continues to grow and uplift from geologic forces today.
An expressionistic painter focused on painting the geology of Idaho, I seek to tunnel into the unseen territory of a location’s soul to find the hidden qualities that mark the story of my subject. My notion of a soul’s portrait revealing itself lies in my childhood experiences exploring fields and hills, riding my horse, spending summers in the Sawtooths, adopting stray cats, and playing hide-and-go-seek with my dogs in the cornfields. The fields and mountains of Idaho were my playground. Wherever I go, every subject has a story to be told; I want to awaken those stories in the viewer.