Earthquake Weather

Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR, 2018

Earthquake Weather is a series of paintings striped with fault lines, shifting bands of color and subterranean caves. The work was inspired by the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Eastern Oregon – an ancient landscape where history is painted in hues of red-gold and rock palisades stand guard over the past. For this collection, I created abstract landscapes embedded with layers of meaning from my personal history and from our current, unsettled sociopolitical climate. These paintings visually represent an internal shifting – the sort of sudden slip and friction we experience when questioning long-held beliefs and the world around us no longer feels familiar.