My plein air work is, whether I have always realized it or not, a spiritual practice of presence— grounding and centering me and allowing me to make space for things to happen rather than to control them through intellect (there is always time for that later). It serves to immerse me into a place, to connect me in a way that links meditative awareness with physical sense memories. The places where I have sat and painted are ones where I can access vivid memories, effectively acting as a time machine and allowing me to re-experience a particular moment. I am not concerned with realism. It is more about the quality of moment and setting, the capturing of details that become pronounced and abstracted. It is about the energy of the experience. Sometimes this work evolves into other place-based art, but it's not a means to an end. It exists for the sake of itself and is a critical part of my practice, unapologetically.
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