With the sky so great a part of any scene here in the Midwest just as it is in the Netherlands, it seems natural that I draw upon the Dutch landscape tradition of awarding the sky the great portion of the compositions in my paintings, to the point that it becomes the subject of many of the works. My paintings generally set a scene of sky and possibly land before a viewer, and asks the viewer to consider the scene as a special thing, as a devotional. I see these recent works as representational of both the subjects I observe and the spirituality I maintain.
The pieces speak of humankind’s place in the world relative to nature, in the sense that the viewer is a participant in the act of seeing these embodiment of nature. I ask a viewer to revere nature by appreciating the wonder of these primarily atmospheric scenes. Landscape is largely atmosphere – to me, mostly atmosphere. I see painting landscape is an act of balance, of interpreting a subject that has as its basis simultaneity. That is, it is constant, but never static. It is very steady, but very active. It is always stable, but always in flux. In my paintings, I attempt to deal with that simultaneity – the permanence and transience of landscape.