White Mountain Series 9, oil on canvas 42"x50", 2023
Original oil on canvas with frame size 42"x50"x2"
“A soaring endlessly curving path,
Every turn I see something new.”
I went to the White Mountain NH last October to paint. The first snow was a big surprise that I never experience before. When I am observing scene I want to paint, I often avoid cliches when looking for place to study and paint the landscape. I look for chaos. Chaos in nature is immediately challenging and forced me to impose some type of order on my perception of the site. When I find a scene that provides that type of challenge, I return to it over and over again, both physically and mentally in the studio, continually reaching for new insights.
I like to paint the complex of the colors with varies of colors and strokes, layer after layer. From beginning to finish, it may take more than a month. I paint mainly with the painting knife to produce heavy texture and occasionally using a brush in final touch.