The early part of 2008 saw three major focal parts: The Conversation, Green Room, and Blue Room Meditation series.
TheConversation series was about grouping a series of woman in non-verbal dialogue.
The Green Room series was another exploration of interior dialogs, but this time in a unified place that flavored and deepened the overall mood.
Blue Room Mediations was simple an exploration of the human form as an abstract. In the end it was all about movement and the removal of the self.
By the middle of 2008 my work took on a looser feel and this was by design. I set aside my pencil and my desire to create a detailed sketched before painting began, and instead picked embraced charcoal which allows one to quickly sketches a subject and also capturing more of the mood and emotion of the moment. During the painting process I allowed the charcoal to merger and at times muddy the inks during the painting process and or allow its lines to remain slightly visible. This change launched my Unbound series and continues to influence my current work.
Two other series arose within the unbound world. The 'What If' world of the anti-landscapes and the first appearance of The Man With the Green Umbrella.
The landscapes are bleak, I look at green hills, rivers, bays and oceans and imagine what they will look like when stripped bare of life. It is the ecological nightmare taken to the extreme. A warning of 'What If.'
The Man with the Green Umbrella just showed up. First in crowd scenes, then on is own. Hunter or hunted, lost soul or a man with a purpose? He has been making the rounds for over two years now, and the pieces to his story are still taking shape.
Oh, any chance you will be at tomarrow reading? It should be good. If so, I will see you there. March 25 at 7:00 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle (Capitol Hill) Reading features poets Lana Ayers, John Byrne, Christopher Jarmick, Robert Lashley, Kristen McHenry, Belle Randall, and Michael Spence.