This work was created with focus on its pictorial, perceptual and optical representation.
What began as a portrait of the tree with its decaying mother tree at its feet, turned into an investigation of light. I am deeply interested in light as a medium to represent time, transition and depth of suffering as well as joy. The act of looking as a contemplative act is essential in its creation and is expressed through its pictorial rendering. This painting is at once a perceptual experience and a representation. I have begun to focus on the shimmer effect, which happens within the edges between shapes, by integrating temperature and saturation into my work, which previously only focused on value. Color has been employed to showcase volume and depth, as well as spaces that are flat, working together optically. The creation of this work has helped me see my paintings as spaces to enter, as portals into interconnectedness with ourselves, the natural world and vulnerability with one another.