Portfolio > Horizon Lines

landscape, acrylic, gouache, Denali National park, wilderness, glacial river, distance, vast horizon
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper
24” x 48”
2016
landscape, Alaska, Kenai National park, Seward highway,
Oil on canvas
12" x 36"
2016
landscape, Denali National Park, vista, glacial river, misty
Oil on canvas
12" x 36"
2016
landscape, Alaska Denali National park, three lakes trail, wilderness, green
Oil on canvas
12" x 36"
2016
Top of the Ridge, Three Lakes Trail, Denali
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper
18” x 44”
2016
landscape, acrylic, gouache, Cook Inlet, mudflats, beach combers, grey distance, vast horizon
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper,
20” x 48”
2018
landscape, acrylic, gouache, Cook Inlet, mudflats, beach combers, grey distance, vast horizon
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper”
17” x 48
2018
Slievemore, Achill Island
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper
2018
landscape, Ireland, West Coast, Achill Island, Keel Beach, acrylic, gouache, horizon line, vast
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper
20” x 48”
2018
landscape, winter, woods, Maine, Cape Elizabeth
Acrylic Gouache/Pastel on Paper,
@22" x 40"
2016

These landscapes primarily depict places I’ve travelled to recently, and as such are a kind of love poem to the enchantment of being in a new place. In each of these images, I am responding to what resonated about that particular place; what pulled me into its poetry and inspired me to grapple with it compositionally. Images of Alaska, the Southwest and the west coast of Ireland address a longing for expansiveness; they are really very much about standing in one spot and feeling the vastness of distances beyond my outstretched arms.

Each of these images realizes the horizon line through the specifics of the location, the quality of the sky, the elements that compose the ground, and how the two interact. Though not exclusively a landscape artist, I have often found the contemplation of the specifics of place to be an engrossing subject.

Landscapes are all about the horizon line, both as a pictorial device that divides up from down and near from far, but also as the promise of the limitlessness that may lie ahead. From the vastness, we make choices and follow a path that shapes our lives. I often exaggerate horizon lines in many of these works because I want to emphasize the sensation of these expanses