My most recent exhibition of paintings, entitled The Sky Suite, opens in November at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, OR. As the name suggests, this year’s show explores the dynamic qualities of skies and clouds.
So, why clouds?
Painting skies, and clouds in particular, has been a long-standing interest of mine and has been a theme in my work for years. Capturing the unique atmosphere and light of the Pacific Northwest continues to be one of my main intensions through my landscape paintings. In addition, I’ve always been drawn to both abstract and representational painting. I recall a former painting instructor who stated, “the best representational work is abstract and the best abstract work is realistic.” This still resonates.
So, this recent foray into painting skies and clouds, for me, has been the perfect marriage of plein air, representational, and abstract painting.
Humble, Practical Beginnings…
This series of paintings had a very practical beginning, well over a year and a half ago. Needing to “kick the tires” on an early batch of Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel that I was developing, I had to get some painting done one evening. With my better half working late and watching my boys in the backyard, I simply set up my plein air gear and looked up. The glowing clouds in the late spring sky become my available subject matter, so I knocked out a few 6” x 6” studies. These early paintings are included in the show and sparked the whole series.
The Sky Suite opens November 1st at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, OR. Show runs through the month.