In the Arctic series I focused on the sea ice realm, the pelagic realm and the benthic realm of the Arctic Marine System. In Antarctica I would like to paint about the species living in parallel ecosystems as well as birds and marine mammals that live part of the time on the land but interact with or spend half of the time in the ocean. Probably the Palmer Station with its access to open water and variety of birdlife is the most appropriate location for this study, though McMurdo would also have intriguing aspects not the least of which would be the presence at particular times of the year of the Emperor Penguin, a species I find fascinating. I would like to have one to two months at either of these stations.
Though they are informed by the science and the real world, my painting style exists somewhere between representation and abstraction. The subject matter is essentially narrative but takes liberty with size, space, color, form etc. I want to say something that can’t be said with a photograph or a completely representational painting.