I love being alone. As a kid, I spent many of my days on solitary adventures. I loved riding my bike, hiking and swimming. As an adult, I’m still consistently out in nature. I create many plein air drawings and paintings on location. I use these studies, gut reactions, as a basis for my larger paintings.
When I’m out in nature, I try to experience the moments fully, using all my senses and emotions. I often work out emotional struggles when I’m alone, out in nature and I try to show these emotional qualities in my work.
Like many, my life is a difficult balancing act. I’m often overwhelmed… I use these solo experiences out in the natural world to recharge. It’s my chance to be free from the control of life’s stresses. I feel like an independant kid again, forgetting about life for a while... In this series of paintings, I’m attempting to capture these feelings of chosen solitude and reflection.
Many of these paintings are created from experiences out on Prout’s Neck in Scarborough, Maine. I hike it on off hours and it is a bit remote. I will often do the entire hike and see no other people. This gives me a chance to really be out there, free thinking, absorbing and reacting to the environment.