Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Arcadia


Arcadia, 2008, oil/panel, 36" x 36" is about the boundary between things. This theme has repeated in several paintings over the years, looking at the edge of a forest from a field. Often the forest, as in this case, is set in the middle distance inviting the viewer to wander towards the boundary of open space and dense woods. I am interested in the psychological state of being on one side of something while being drawn across to something else. In this painting, I use the golden light coming through the trees as an invitation to move forward. Yet the thick underbrush hints that it may be rough going to get through.

This painting is featured on the back cover of SLATE magazine's February 2009 issue.

(click on the image for a hi-resolution view)