Numinous: the ability to attract, fascinate or compel either through the power of natural phenomenon or deep appreciation of human creations and effort. The word is used in many different contexts - my use of the word relates to the impact nature and human presence have had on my psyche and how the power of those experiences inform my paintings. Having traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, I am always compelled by the power of certain places - the Dordogne region in Southern France, the moors of England, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, Mount Everest from Pereche, glacial rivers running from the Matterhorn in Zermatt, the Pacific ocean in Costa Rica... There is a certain sense of unexplainable natural beauty and magnificence that merges with the flow of human presence throughout the centuries in these places - a palpable condition resulting from eons of appreciation, awe and grandeur. I cannot but help think, indeed know, that as I am drawn to certain places, so have ancestors before me and that existence enriches, enlivens and and enhances the power of the landscape. I do not go into my studio thinking of a specific place, rather in my process of painting I recall these places and the wonder not only of the place itself, but the complex layers of indelible marks I and countless others have taken from these places.

Numinous 2, 2011-12, oil, wax, and alkyd on canvas, 84 x 82 inches

Numinous 1, 2011-12, oil, wax, and alkyd on canvas, 72 x 30 inches

Numinous 3, 2011-12, oil, wax and alkyd on canvas, 84 x 82 inches

Numinous 6, 2011-12, oil, wax, alkyd & 12kt white gold on birch panel, 34 x 26 inches

Numinous 4, 2011-12, oil, wax, alkyd & 12kt white gold on birch panel, 34 x 20 inches

Numinous 5, 2011-12, oil, wax, alkyd & 12kt white gold on birch panel, 34 x 20 inches

Numinous 7, 2011-12, oil, wax, alkyd & 12kt white gold on birch panel, 34 x 26 inches

Numinous 8 & 9, 2011-12, oil, wax, alkyd & 12kt white gold on birch panel, 36 x 10.75 x 2 inches

2011 - 2012