Exploring the Wetlands

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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Sweetwater (2)

48 x 60″

The new year is here, and with it I’ve been feeling the need to challenge myself at the canvas, to venture into unexplored territory, to make marks that are looser, forms that are more ambiguous. In this spirit, I’ve started a new series of paintings inspired by Sweetwater Wetlands Park in SW Gainesville, FL.

I’ve always been taken with the area wetlands and prairies, and have written before about how intimidated I feel when I consider painting these landscapes–so much information, and no clue where to start or how to proceed.

Yet for me, the best part about painting has always been the exhilaration of being somewhere new in my work, and finding my way into and through it.

So here are my first two wetlands paintings of the new year. I hope you have a wonderful 2016, and wish you fun, creative challenges of your own choosing, too.

Sweetwater (1)

Sweetwater (1)

60 x 72″

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