My abstract work is inspired by impressionist studies of things of the natural world. Intimation is one of my studies of fast-moving water over a bed of rocks and it inspired my series My Veils.
I love studying water. It can literally take millions of forms, from gentle swirls to destructive tsunamis and so many more. Loving water and living in the Midwest might give the impression my exposure to natural bodies of water is limited. I wholeheartedly disagree with this notion. The rivers, lakes, streams and creeks are everywhere here in the Midwest and I love everything about them. For me they are a necessary part of any landscape, be it a mountainous landscape or a rolling farmscape.
When doing these studies, I often research my subject to discover why it occurs in the natural world and how it affects the elements around it. For this one though, I simply imagined myself standing in a shallow, but fast-moving stream as I’ve done many times in my life. I could feel the rocks and sand beneath my feet, but the water was moving so fast, I couldn’t see them.
It occurred to me that even though it was just a little, shallow stream, it could camouflage or even hide everything beneath it. I was struck by how we as humans so often attempt to camouflage, or “veil” who we really are, depending on who we are with at any given time. And so, my series My Veils was born.