This series of monochromatic landscape paintings are inspired by my memories and observations of the places that I have traveled to and the constant urge to hone my skills at creating illusionistic space in a 2D format. Because of the fact that neither notion is rooted in reality, these paintings evoke a dream like quality that is emphasized by the use of monochromatic black and white which achieves a dramatic cinematic effect that is very much to my liking.
By eliminating color gives me the opportunity to paint more intuitively and in the process, gives me a personal artistic challenge to create illusionistic space with just the use of value and brush stroke.
In the Renaissance, an artist working in oil paint, would first paint in monochromatic tones to achieve the lights and darks.
Content wise, an implied narrative is suggested by my “staging” of the landscape, starting with the sky and the weather, then topography and the objects that live in that environment. The staging of the landscape is a technique that I derived from painting lessons I had as a child. The location of the landscape derives from my memories and observation of the many diverse landscapes that I have experienced through out my lifetime.
Technically, I use thinned matte house paint applied in transparent layers with, brushes, rags and rollers on stretched canvas and linen. A major portion of the series are reclaimed canvases from my archives, that are resurfaced a coat of matte bright white house paint, applied with a roller to create texture.