This piece, ‘Desert Sunset’ comes from remembered experience living in the high desert. Those times opened me to the wild beauty of the southwestern United States. Everything is intensified; colors gain a degree of clarity and sharpness not seen in the coastal areas to the west where I grew up and live now.
The land, heat, and desert color each play a role in this piece.Layering oils mixed with cold wax and using zip lines for added texture, this piece plays with subtle gradients and hard tonal shifts. This creates a tension to keep the eye moving around the surface.
Cold wax also gives me the ability to play with texture and there is a visual ‘tactile’ quality to the work. The surface of this piece is a mixture of matt areas with a light texture to smooth areas with a satin sheen. Areas with this finish have been burnished and buffed out with a soft cloth.