The horizon line is a strong recurring motif in many of my paintings. While I don't set out to paint "THE HORIZON", the visual reference in the abstract works is unmistakable. Growing up along the Pacific Ocean, the horizon line has always been a very strong presence for me, and I think it just works its way subconsciously into many of the paintings I'm doing today.
For me the horizon is important. In reality, it is not actually a physical space in the world. Yet it is something that we look for and see in the distance. We are drawn to it. In a way, the horizon is something transcendent, a vision really... of our imagination.
In this new series I'm developing, Calando, I've started to introduce more contrast into the paintings. They feel more dynamic with the addition of some darker tones, and I think it adds a bit of a sense of mystery to the composition. Above: Calando III, oil on panel, 24" x 24".
My new work has morphed a bit into another series of new paintings, which I'm going to call Calando. The work is similar to my earlier series Adagio, and even the newer series, della terra, but also different. Like Adagio, Calando is a musical term, instructing the performers to lower the volume and also the the pace. In other words, to slow down, to quiet. These paintings suggest this to me, a calming. very soft effect, and thus the title. Below is Calando I, oil on panel, 24" x 24".
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