When I lived in Connecticut, I often visited Block Island. I liked standing near the northern point and looking out at the dense tree-lined coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island. I would stare and imagine what it was like for the early settlers. This painting is an abstracted aerial landscape reflecting a fanciful interpretation of the past and present of the eastern Long Island Sound. Squares of paper and a long thin mat board arch represent population hubs and transportation routes. Today’s recreational boating is offset by the large ship with sails and oars near one of Long Island’s eastern tips, in a nod to ancient mariners who took great risks sailing unknown waters to find new lands.
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 Styrofoam strings 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, cut and altered papers, mat board, cardboard, Styrofoam strings