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Landslide (2016)
Oil on canvas 30x40 in.
Collection of the artist

I wanted a strong diagonal in this painting, so when I laid the old-fashioned layout tape down, I simply painted over it. Pulling it off enhanced the division and I was reminded of a story told to me by a fisherman who was hauling in a seine net full of salmon on the outer coast of SE Alaska. After stowing the net and preparing to move to a new spot, there was a terrible tremble and the mountain came sliding down from under the low clouds. After the dust settled, what they saw was a “forest in the sea"—with their root wads as anchors, the trees appeared to be growing right out of the water! In this thought, I wanted to convey the chaotic nature of the dynamic forest. 

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