A Falling Sky. Ink, Pure Pigment, Coffee on Paper Board, 84.1 cm x 59.4 cm, 2014
Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours 2017 Exhibition
"A Falling Sky" represents an effort to, through painting, capture the flux between architecture and the sky in a subjective way. While a camera can reveal relative proportions of any scene it's pointed at, I find it difficult to capture the feeling of expanse that we feel when we look at the sky. Cameras reveal to us that our visual field is limited. We rely on more abstract concepts of our relative position in space to form a full image, and we do this extraordinarily well with the sky--the one constant in all of our lives. While it is difficult for us to guess what buildings might be behind us, most of us have an internal awareness of the scope of the sky that makes beautiful cloud displays read as massive. In this painting, I try to depict a the sky in a way that visually approaches what I remember.