Also in this series, I put away my fine detailed brushes for the most part and opted for a more loose, flowing style. I would say that these paintings are an illusionary world of colors, patterns and shapes that interwine and flow. And therefore, would describe the paintings as illusionary realism with respect to abstract landscapes.
Painting landscapes brings me to a slower, more reflective place. It's a choice I make to switch off technology for awhile and reconnect with the earth. It forces my brain to switch from left to right brain thinking.
Landscapes challenge me to question my connection to the earth and how I communicate. Altering the landscape/abstract ratios helps me to comprehend different degrees of my daily life.
For instance, 60% landscape - 40% abstract brings me to a familiar, earthy place to communicate and express. While 60% abstract - 40% landscape brings me to a more ethereal form of communication. The message or experience isn't as clear but it's just as important to me.
Why distant landscapes?
There's a certain reflection and expansion that occurs when I paint them. It's also about taking a step back in order to get a broader and deeper perspective of reality.