Z U M A B E A C H
P A I N T I N G S
These ocean scenes of Zuma beach, painted from a swimmer’s perspective beginning in 2018, evoke the physical sensations of
being one with an ever-changing oceanic topography.
Capturing an instant of the sea’s beauty, and highlighted by the warmth of the sun, each canvas invites viewers to float into a
pristine moment in time. Strokes were put to canvas with an intention of introspection and mystery, leaving the imagination weightless.
To be pushed by cool ebbs, refreshed.
Beyond the place where toes feel the sandy bottom.
Finding communion with the immense energy where all life on
Earth became manifest.
Water does not have a form; it adapts to forms created by energy. There is something kind of futile yet exciting about capturing the effect of water in a painting. There is no start or end point, just a fragment of an experience contained within a square or rectangle. To feel closer to that experience, I use an open-ended painting process, starting at a single point or corner of the canvas and moving across it. My eye is always moving back and forth between light and form, always trying to decide which is more important as I move along. Sometimes these extended moments of decision-making elicit an expansive feeling. Sometimes it feels everything is getting lost in formlessness, and then there's a struggle to bring it back.