Gallery > Rurality

Rurality 8
Oil on MDF
10.5" X 11"
2008
Rurality 6
Oil on MDF
7" X 8"
2008
Rurality 9
Oil on MDF
9" X 10"
2008
Rurality 12
Oil on MDF
6" X 12"
2008
Rurality 13 (Ruralitry)
Oil on panel
15" X 16"
2008
Rurality 15 (Stripe)
Oil on panel
42" X 48"
2009
Rurality 15
Oil on panel
42" X 48"
2008
Rurality 17 (Sign)--Sold
Oil on panel
15" X 16"
2009
Rurality 18 (Tower) -- Sold
Oil on panel
27" X 30"
2009
Rurality 19 (Shed)
Oil on panel
15 X 16 in.
2009
Rurality 20 (Power lines)
Oil on panel
15" X 16"
2009
Rurality 21 (Median)
Oil on panel
21" X 24"
2009
Rurality 22 (Turn) -- NFS
Oil on panel
18" X 20"
2009
Rurality 23 (Snow)
Oil on panel
36" X 42"
2009
Rurality 24 (Overpasses)
Oil on panel
36" X 42"
2009
Rurality 25 (Boxcar)
Oil on panel
21 X 24 in
2009
Rurality 26 (Curb)
Oil on panel
18" X 20"
2009
Rurality 28 (Railroad)
Oil on panel
18" X 20"
2009
Rurality 29 (Posts)
Oil on panel
18" X 20"
2009
Rurality 33 (Shadows)
Oil on panel
15" X 16"
2012
Rurality 34 (To/From)
Oil on panel
18" X 20"
2012
Ruralitry 7
Oil on MDF
6" X 7"
2008

We think of painted landscapes as depictions of places that are described with words like grandeur or majesty. We imagine them remote and hard sought, thereby imagining the painter’s interpretation of them (whether as plein air or studio creations) to be a hymn to the earth and sky. These scenes remind us of the weight of the world, man’s minuscular presence on the globe and how, despite these very truths, we, as creatures, have relentlessly aimed to capture such scenes.

While this framework for landscape subject matter is valid, how can this mode of thought and appreciation apply to the un-majestic, nay, boring, places? How can we, like Lincoln, see the poetry in such environments? The secret lies in the looking. My preoccupation with looking has led me to believe in the worth of the road often traveled and even more often overlooked. Its familiarity can revert to newness—to intrigue—if we allow ourselves to look and set our eyes on sights all too familiar. In a visually saturated world, the subtlety, the quiet compliance of such scenes, can sustain our (sadly) indiscriminate vision.

Rurality is an ongoing body of work that presents the viewer with visual miscues by reorganizing physical space into the two-dimensional place of the painting. Due to a concerted effort to oppose & distort the conventions of actual space (linear perspective, vanishing points, horizon lines, atmosphere, directional light, etc.) these works present the viewer with a shift in perception. The readability of the image teeters between abstraction & realism, allowing the surface to be gazed at & not through.

All Rurality paintings are available for purchase unless otherwise noted.