Solstices and Equinoxes

Solstices and Equinoxes

Solstices/Equinoxes follows color and light changes from sunrise to sunset at the same location in Watershed 2, a tributary of Lookout Creek in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, on the Solstices and Equinoxes. Beginning at sunrise, I took a photograph of the creek with my white rock in the center of the image in ten minute intervals, ending at sunset. The white rock acts as a neutral constant to allow me see the turbidity of the water compared to the water color as it was affected by the creek bed and reflections. The colors of the white rock are depicted in the four white bands that run... Read More
Recompose (Wall Installation)

Recompose (Wall Installation)

Recompose (Wall Installation)   I spent one uncomfortably hot summer day wading and swimming in Lookout Creek in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. In a logjam on the edge of the creek is a bone-white naked log with a small patch of fungus following the log’s longitudinal cracks. I almost missed it because it was so small and unassuming. When I saw it, I instantly fell in love with it. Window-like holes created by insects open into the interior of the log revealing ribbons of cubical brown rot, cellulose long gone. Fungus, like an old scab with edges curling... Read More
Human Error Series

Human Error Series

Human Error The range of colors produced from translating digital chromatic data to oil paint hues 2014 – 2015 On October 11, 2014 I collected three sets of chromatic data from Watershed 1, Lookout Creek, and Watershed 3 in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest at their respective gauging stations between 10:55 AM and 3:43 PM with a Canon 6D camera. A white rock was placed in the creek beds to provide a neutral reference point to compare the colors of the perceptual color of the water isolated from the overall perceived color of the creek as created by the creek bed and reflected colors... Read More
Ambient Project

Ambient Project

Ambient: October 11, 2014 Between 10:55 AM and 3:42 PM; Watershed 1, Lookout Creek & Watershed 3 HJ Andrews Project Ambient: October 11, 2014 Between 10:55 AM and 3:42 PM; Watershed 1, Lookout Creek & Watershed 3 Oil on 6 Wood Panels, 25 1/2 in. x 112 in. 2014 – 2015 The landscape is constantly changing around us, which mostly sneaks past our notice. A few points in the year hold dramatic transformation, as when blossoms suddenly cover entire trees like puffs of soft, warm snow, or wetland fields explode with the purple of camas. I desire to sit with eyes wide open to witness the exact... Read More
Sky/Water II: June 27

Sky/Water II: June 27

Sky/Water II: June 27, 2013; 5:22 PM; Lookout Creek at Discovery Trail HJ Andrews Project   Sky/Water II: June 27, 2013; 5:22 PM; Lookout Creek at Discovery Trail Oil on 6 Wood Panels, 45 in. x 142 1/2 in. 2014 Sky/Water maps the color flow of air and water. Years ago I floated in a hot air balloon above Coloma, California. I could feel the eddies and currents of the air as I peered down at the American River below. The eddies and currents of the air closely resembled the nature of water currents. This project investigates the color patterns of Lookout Creek in the Andrews Forest from the... Read More
Sky/Water I: January 26

Sky/Water I: January 26

Sky/Water I: January 26, 2013; 1:48 PM; Road 1506 Bridge Over Lookout Creek Near Road 1508 Junction HJ Andrews Project   2013 Sky/Water maps the color flow of air and water. Years ago I floated in a hot air balloon above Coloma, California. I could feel the eddies and currents of the air as I peered down at the American River below. The eddies and currents of the air closely resembled the nature of water currents. This project investigates the color patterns of Lookout Creek in the Andrews Forest from the vantage point of standing just above the water on a bridge or a log, and the sky above... Read More
Distillations of Place Projects Overview

Distillations of Place Projects Overview

Distillations of Place Overview 2008 – 2012 Distillations of Place addresses an evolving relationship with local ecosystems. I am particularly interested in places that have been heavily manipulated for the natural resource the landscape provides, and are now undergoing engineered reconstruction. Reconstruction projects raise a multitude of necessary decisions made in response to the questions: 1) what is the native landscape; and 2) how do we deconstruct the systems in order to reconstruct what is “natural.” Consulting scientists has given me the foundation to create my own systems... Read More
Becoming One: Finley Project

Becoming One: Finley Project

Becoming One: Finley Distillations of Place   2011-2012 Finley is a wildlife refuge located in the Willamette Valley, south of Corvallis, Oregon. Near the refuge entrance are two adjacent fields. The first is a farmed rye grass field. The second is a restored wetland prairie. In 2011, the rye grass field began to undergo a long restoration project, returning it to native wetland prairie. Because the two fields are adjacent to each other, I became interested in tracking the restoration process. I wanted to see how long it would take the restoration project to create an ecosystem that would... Read More
Fern Ridge Project: One Year, Four Sites Project

Fern Ridge Project: One Year, Four Sites Project

The Fern Ridge Project Distillations of Place 2011 The Fern Ridge Project spans a year following four fields in the Fern Ridge wetlands near Eugene, Oregon: one native prairie field, two restoration fields and one farmed rye grass field. Each group of paintings refers to a season with the most prevalent colors of the landscape on the left of each panel; the least prevalent on the right. Fern Ridge Project: One Year, Four Sites Oil on 16 Wood Panels, 22 in. x 118 in. Groupings clockwise from top left: Restoration 1, Farmed field; Restoration 2; Native Wetland Prairie Season Details: Summer... Read More
More Distillations of Place Projects

More Distillations of Place Projects

Distillations of Place 2011 Col­ors are like a cal­en­dar; the pas­sage of time is charted by the landscape’s color shifts. Col­ors can also act as an indi­ca­tor of other envi­ron­men­tal changes. Stud­ied over time, they may point to a shift in the times when cer­tain plants sprout and bloom or when the rains begin and end. Col­ors also carry a psy­cho­log­i­cal impact, sub­tly affect­ing our per­sonal rela­tion­ships with place. If the land­scape is manip­u­lated, chang­ing the pro­gres­sion and pat­terns of color, what impact does that have on us? Poise Between Something and Nothing... Read More
A Year of Average Colors of The South Yuba River

A Year of Average Colors of The South Yuba River

A Year of Average Colors of the South Yuba River: a mathematical determination of an aesthetic value 2008 If you speak to people who have spent considerable time with rivers, almost everyone will eventually talk about the river as a living entity – its voice, its spirit, its knowledge.  Once you have heard this voice, it’s impossible to ignore it.  If you begin to listen, it commands your attention.  And then it begins to ask questions of you. I attended meetings, listening to speakers talk about different aspects of the river to prepare us for the upcoming water project re-licensing from... Read More
Beautiful Trash Series

Beautiful Trash Series

Beautiful Trash 2008 – 2009 I am intrigued with the relationship that we have with the river – the interplay of the natural components of the river with the things we introduce into it, both the tangible and intangible. In seemingly untouched, pristine places I find traces of ourselves everywhere. I am drawn to distortions created by the river on objects and our own perceptions, ourselves, and the rivers themselves. I am motivated by the need to find the ways I am integrated within the greater landscape in which I find myself and to develop a sense of place, a sense of belonging. The... Read More
Beetle Drawings (Works on Paper)

Beetle Drawings (Works on Paper)

During my residency at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in 2012 I became fascinated by intricate burrows in logs and snags with the bark stripped away. Bark beetles created the burrows, as if writing poetry for us to find, in a language that we have some vague recollection of once knowing, but have now forgotten. Beetle Drawing I Gouache on paper, 30 in. x 22 1/2 in. Beetle Drawing II Gouache on paper, 22 1/2 in. x 30 in. Work-In-Progress for Beetle Drawings Beetle Drawings Oct 21, 2012 Gouache During the residency at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest I worked on one gouache painting. The last... Read More
HJ Andrews Projects Overview

HJ Andrews Projects Overview

The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Projects 2012 - Present The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, Oregon, is one of 26 long-term ecological research sites throughout the world. This makes it an ideal place for creating multiple extended projects informed by ecological changes over time and observing my development of a sense of place through the creation of artwork. With this long-term approach mirroring the mission of the site, my work addresses environmental issues and ecological considerations. It recontextualizes scientific language and methods to develop a visual language... Read More

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