Once, on an early visit to Maine, I made over 200 slides of the rocks at Lincolnville Beach. It took me years to know what to do with all that information, but eventually I found that the way to make paintings about rocks is to see them as distributions of patterns. The ocean sorts rocks into somewhat predictable arrangements, and my method of moving paint around mimics that fact. I've pulled the wet oil paint with a scraper so that it accumulates in lines, and I've used that same scraper to beat the paint around, leaving crisscross marks on the backgrounds and obscuring some of the forms. This group of paintings culminated in Walking in Time, an installation of thirty-six paintings. each one of which uses the same palette and methodology. all the others.
“And now we know that nature is devious enough to set its own level, like water in a stream running around into nooks and crannies, eventually through grains and banks of sand and shingle, out into the sea.” —Michael Boulter, Darwin’s Garden