For the last ten years I’ve worked almost entirely
in landscape, seduced by the interaction of land, water, and light.
My deep love of wilderness was kindled by travels with my husband, an
avid hiker and backpacker. I began drawing on our long trips with our
I’ve produced several series in charcoal and oil pastel. Larger
drawings and paintings are seeded by smaller drawings, which are realized
“en plein air.” I always prefer working directly from perception.
The work hovers and dips between abstraction and realism, for that is
how I see.
My work is specific to place: I hike and climb there, in locations as
disparate as the Red River Gorge in my native Kentucky, the dramatic
coasts of Quebec province, New Brunswick, Cape Breton - Nova Scotia,
and Newfoundland, returning over and over again to coastal Maine. .
I continue to work from my drawings, sketches, photographs and notes
for years after I visit a place. Currently in the studio I’m working
on images gathered in Alaska, Vancouver Island, and Mexico.
I like to explore space in my drawings– not only negative space,
but how it stretches deep, how far away a horizon can be. Surface is
important to me, as well as the calm shapes land makes, the sensual
curve of mountains, the secret mouth of a cave, the sinuous path of
While visiting the subtle and harshly beautiful landscape of northwestern
Newfoundland, I found myself wanting to embrace the width of what I
could see -- describe how it felt to see the whole place. I made sequential
drawings, four of which I later joined to make “L’Anse aux
Meadows, Newfoundland 1-4.” Although each drawing can stand on
its own, the whole transforms the sum of its parts.
At Cap Chat in the Gaspésie in Quebec, I began to push this idea
of panoramic drawing. As the hours passed and the tides and the light
changed, I stayed and drew the place where the river meets the sea.
The result is a wide, deep view, and the changing light and the passing
of time show in the final drawing, “Riviere Cap Chat, Gaspésie
1-6.” I find this idea of physical and temporal panorama compelling.