About My Work
I was six when I began to imagine that winter’s naked trees had long fingers - not branches. The Hudson River mountains appeared as female forms, curving and sensual. Everything whispered of unseen human presence, and I loved the mystery of it. “Rear Window,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Our Town” held me in thrall and validated my penchant for looking past the obvious. I’d ask myself, “What’s really there, behind the quiet, within the stillness? And what remains behind?” The explanations held no interest, though; the questions were the thing. And the questions became the basis for my work.
Helen MacDonald’s memoir, “H Is for Hawk,” chronicles moving through grief by training a Northern Goshawk, a wild, murderous bird of prey. MacDonald’s riveting story inspired me to create “After Goshawk.” The brilliant yellow terrain and airy, sun-lit clouds in this painting belie the dark truth concealed in the foreground’s red stain: the aftermath of a goshawk’s kill. A moment of violence painted within a silent landscape, under a radiant sky.
I like the disquiet in my work. I like that it drills down deep and plucks the strings of our unconscious with questions that need not be answered.