When I lived in Connecticut, I often visited Block Island.This painting is an abstracted aerial landscape reflecting a fanciful interpretation of the the section of Block Island I most visited - the town center, the airport, the ferry landing and the house in which I stayed. Squares of paper and long thin slices of paper represent the population hubs and transportation routes. The large, red sun in the upper right hand corner hovers over the ghost ship that legend tells us, pirated valuable bounty across the oceans and into hidden caches on this island.
Many layers of thinly laid acrylic paint over collaged papers result in a depth of surface and luminous quality. When the painting part is mostly finished I use materials such as cut paper, mat board corrugated cardboard, textured paint scraps and found objects for additional descriptive textural elements. Oil pastel highlights are added at the end and the process is finished with a clear acrylic varnish for surface protection. The painting extends around all four sides of the gallery wrap canvas.
acrylic paint, oil pastel, soft pastel, cut and altered papers, mat board, cardboard, metal, foil, nylon netting and screening, string