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Forest Compass (2016)
Oil on canvas 24x36 in.
Collection of the artist

I like to do my underpainting of an existing grove of trees and then do an overlay with, in this case, a compass form over a canvas divided in eight sections. The challenge is to integrate and balance the choices.  For example, if I choose to put an abstracted form under a root, then it must be balanced within the surface of elements. Here, the white is complemented by a smaller vermillion sky area without breaking the surface tension that allows dynamic viewing.