The series Metamorphic Skies ties together a year of foraging pigment in WA and the spectrum of the sky, ranging from the cloudy and rainy to the sunny and fresh.
My initial vision was to create a palette of colors all from WA, using my experience in Peru as an example.
The top color wheel is from the jungle, and the bottom was the one I was developing.
Paint making on it’s own is such a beautiful art form and every person’s paint has a unique personality as well.
Sometimes I make a painting, and it becomes a seed for more paintings to come. Below is an example of what i mean!
Courage began from a smaller painting I made in Peru that was named Synthetic Dandelion.
This golden yellow represents luck, sunshine, bloom, and these shapes are a combination of flora and circuitry.
There are so many contrasting pigments and minerals within Courage.
The idea for this series came to me as I was making these unbound rock-like shapes.
What I ended up making gelled this idea of sky + rocks. Earth + sky. Cool rainy moods.
The work just kept on growing from there
These paintings actually started out as a triptych but as I kept working on them they became very disconnected.
In the end the middle piece was discontinued and the first and last became solo!
When making paintings I try to show up with a loose plan but sometimes the painting just has a completely different direction it wants to go.
I don’t always receive clear directions, so it’s beautiful when I can just follow the painting!
This painting is titled “Take a Walk” and it’s really special to me.
I can’t really describe the simultaneous earthy texture and airiness I feel when looking at this.
It’s definitely the seed for the next series of paintings going forward!