This series was started years ago after the loss of a loved one as a type of lengthy meditation between my commissioned work and abstract work. I began painting these landscapes as a means to mentally escape to, with future plans of travel. The project took years to complete and as a result its meaning evolved overtime. At first I wanted these places all to myself but even though that intention changed, the lack of figures inhabiting the spaces is a product of that. The isolation a painter must go through to work can seem intense but I used it as a way to find myself and as a motif in the work. I hope now that viewers are also able to escape through these small portholes and into the landscapes.
The first six paintings are from found photographs and the final four are from select locales I was grateful to have visited myself. They began to become documentations of the new, wonderful things I was experiencing. The views depicted were chosen for their uniqueness and in the cases in which they were found photographs, the connection I felt through the photographer.