During walks on the beach, at low tide, there are moments when one walks between sky and water, water and sky, because the receding waters reflect the clouds perfectly.
The emotion I experience on such walks led me to reflect on how much our planet is water and air first. And how water, which we take for granted, connects all parts of the planet.
With this theme in mind and the effect of that experience, the different landscapes I observe, in the US and in France, my native home, are linked.
When I returned to France this Summer (2018), I worked on studies of the river near my studio from a small boat, seeking to understand its importance for my family, and in the region’s history, the way I thought about the importance of the Columbia River in its own regions. The art process and the theme of water, helped me to explore the topography of my home watershed. It also linked different landscapes together, between countries, the way rivers link several different landscapes along their banks.
Using small studies painted in nature, and sketches done from photographs of the places I’ve been, I create a new painting. I revisit the emotion, and it takes on a deeper meaning for me. It is not just about analyzing nature with the technique of painting, but about celebrating the mystery of air, light and water, beyond the struggle to survive.