Becoming One: Finley

Distillations of Place

 

Finley Spring - Fall

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 mirror the color palette of the existing wetland prairie. The system I devised to describe the restoration process organizes the color palette of each field from the most prevalent colors on the top of the paintings to least prevalent colors on the bottom. The left side of each of the paintings refers to the colors of the rye grass field; the right represents the existing wetland prairie. I visited the fields several times each season to track the progress of the seasons and the restoration.

Finley I

Becoming One: Finley I (Mid Spring)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley II

Becoming One: Finley II (Early Summer)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley III

Becoming One: Finley III (Mid Summer)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley IV

Becoming One: Finely IV (Late Summer)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley V

Becoming One: Finley V (Early Fall)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley VI

Becoming One: Finley VI (Mid Fall after the prescribed burn)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley VII

Becoming One: Finley VII (Late Fall)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley VIII

Becoming One: Finley VIII (Early Winter)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley VII

Becoming One: Finley IX (Late Winter)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley IX

Becoming One: Finley X (Early Spring)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley IX

Becoming One: Finley XI (Mid Spring)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finley XII

Becoming One: Finley XII (Late Spring)

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 30 in.

Finely at Cascade Gallery, Portland, OR

Becoming One: Finley at the Cascade Gallery, Portland, Oregon

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