The American landscape has long been used as a backdrop to tell tales of human trials and affairs. Countless artworks depict our conquest and governance of wild lands, or else treat the landscape as spaces for our expansion and leisure. I flip the roles in my paintings, daydreaming of a time and place outside of human hegemony. The plants and landforms are characters, able to express their personality after hundreds of years of human dominance.
In this critical time for the environment, I console myself by painting a happy, lively and undomesticated earth, an earth that certainly isn’t lonely without us.