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Location is key to the tone and attitude of my paintings. My intent is to highlight and celebrate the discrepancies between nature and the constructed world. I’ve found that the vast tracts of desert land in the Western US hold a mirror to these differences through a wide, vibrating lens. The high desert has been a place of reflection for me as a metaphor for American myth, highlighting colonial domination and the search for Utopia. Las Vegas has a unique quality as a place that is “anywhere but there” creating an adult playground unrooted from its location in the desert, recreating artificial duplicates of the Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and the Brooklyn Bridge. My paintings include the built suburban environments of Las Vegas haunted by the wildlife of its past, from the coyote to the specific desert shrubs native to the Mojave.
Over the past several years I have discovered a pointillistic spraying technique to mimic the digital noise captured by darkly-lit cell phone camera pictures that also references the historical use of optical color mixing by the post-impressionists, most notably George Seurat. I try to mimic the color produced in TV through the electron beams that move simultaneously across the screen in red, green, and blue bulbs. The paintings also rely on direct observation of nature in places with minimal light pollution at night. These ritualized techniques reference my experience with theater scenic painting and psychedelic movie posters, reaching toward an optical “Disney magic” light that appears simultaneously natural as it does artificial.