My subject matter is the Texas horizon. My pieces are typically 1 inch high and 4 feet long. This format allows me to mirror the reality. Because the pieces can not be seen all at once, the viewer has to “travel” the work.
What I like about these pieces: they should
feel cramped and crowded, but they manage to convey a surprising sense of space.
They should be corny because they include elements such as windmills and cows
and pumpjacks, but in this small scale the cliché becomes fresh again.
They allow me to play with the notion of beginning, middle, and end in new ways.
They are, in fact, a Basic Geometry lesson with the verticality of the viewer
complementing the line, squares, and basic shapes of the horizon and the pictorial
elements strung along it. They are powerful without being intimidating. They
are satisfying to do and satisfying to look at. They share a quality with Chinese
porcelain of the complete world that one can hold in one’s hand.