My current work documents the changing landscape in areas which have been affected by recent wildfires. I often go hiking in the Cascades and the Gorge, bewildered by how fire has reclaimed these areas in dramatic new ways. For me, these altered landscapes serve as poetic symbols of transformation and speaks to the enduring quality found in the natural world. I take photographs and sketch scenes which I use as source material in the studio. In the process of creating work, I am continually reminded of how ephemeral the current state of our environment can be. These changes in the land that I observe is a personal reminder that we are each tethered to nature, and not separate from the forces influencing it.
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