Final painting artist statement
Ovals, Specimen, Display, Making, Frames, Illusion,
Space, Holy, Status, Reality, Native Ecology, 3D, Halos, Structure, Line
These are the ideas that influenced this piece, both conceptually and compositionally.
I was very focused on the process of making this piece; working in a very structured,
carefully considered way, building the illusion versus reality, and creating a space
that extends beyond the edges of the canvas.
I was also influenced by going out and finding and recording these native plant species,
and then elevating them in status and making them holy; as well as thinking
about the fact that there may come a time when these plants
become relics to put on display.