Working from life is a major part of my process- however I don't always have the ability or time to paint on scene. Below are a couple of sketches and one of the resulting paintings based on recent fires in Yosemite.
In late April 2014 I flew over a familiar stretch of I-40. A week and a half later I was driving that stretch of road back to Yosemite. It got me thinking about what the landscape's role is in most people's lives. It is a relationship that seems to be increasingly ambiguous, the land's main affect being the creation of distance between people and their constructed activities. I spent the driving distance equivalent of two or three Rhode Island's waiting for the chance to take a quick picture of the sky where I had been so recently.
Here is to being nearly in the same place, nearly at the same time.