Inspired after a couple of trips to Lake Michigan, I reflected on changing climate stresses, and wondered about the sustainability of all the fresh water that surrounds our state. I pondered a future where water might need to me made, looking somewhat synthetic like the colored water you see in some fountains.
So, I challenged myself to paint a large believable image of water using an unnatural color gradient and without the use of a photo reference. In essence, I wanted to make my own waves. In order to do so I needed to grasp the physical properties and movement of water and understand how light reflects and defines the numerous ridges and valleys.
After a summers worth of experimentation and trial and error, I started following the underlying brushstrokes visible on the surface of the canvas in order to organically replicate the movement of water. As a result, Making Waves embraces and accepts all previous mistakes as instrumental to the growth and compositional energy of the finished seascape.