Great Marsh Gallery

The Great Marsh

The Great Marsh is a series of encaustic paintings and prints that explores the beautiful subtleties and unexpected drama of the New England salt marsh, a mesmerizing stretch of land and sea that winds from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire border.

Last autumn I had the opportunity to travel to this breathtaking area, and as I walked the beaches I discovered a vastness and a beauty that was striking in its aesthetic possibilities. The stark contrasts and sensual curvatures of the landscape captured my imagination; nearly every hour brought new and unexpected physical changes to the sand and tide pools, and the ebb and flow of the tide left watermark patterns that echoed the soft, decisive strokes of quick line drawings.

In this new body of work, I hope to capture the multitude of marsh plants, sand patterns, dunes, and watermarks that held my gaze captive during my week in north Boston. Through an innovative use of encaustics and a subdued but undeniably dynamic color palate, I ventured to transform the memory of that landscape into my own artistic vision, embracing its sculptural qualities to create abstract allusions to the marsh that resembled the bare-bones assemblage of welded steel.

Thaw Series:

Thaw 1 | Thaw 2 |Thaw 3 | Thaw 4 | Thaw 5 | Thaw 6 | Thaw 7 | Thaw 8 | Thaw 9 |Thaw 10 |Thaw 11 |Thaw 12 …all paintings are 22″x 6″

 

Shift Series:

Shift #1 24″x 50″| Shift #2 24″x 50″ | Shift #3 and  Shift #4 24″x 50″ each | Shift #5 24″x 50″ | Shift #6 24″x 50″

Saturation Series:

Saturation #1 20″x 26″ | Saturation #2 20″x 26″ | Saturation #3 20″x 26″ | Saturation #4 18.5″x 25″ | Saturation #5 24″x 39″ | Saturation #6 23″x 37″ | Saturation #7 23″x 37″ | Scarlet 26″x 40″ | Saturation #9 25″x 37″ | Saturation #10 25″x 37″ | Saturation #11 24″x 39″ | Saturation #12 26″x 40″ | Saturation #14 26″x 40″ | Saturation #15 26″x 40″ | Saturation #16 26″x 40″ | Saturation #17 26″x 40″ | Saturation #18 26″x 40″ | Saturation #19 26″x 40″| Saturation #20 20″x 26″ | Marsh Soup (encaustic monotype on Rives) 29.5″x 120″ | Marsh Soup Sculpture (cotton roping and velvet, 60 yards) 20’x 20″x 20″