I have been working on the “Standing” series of paintings over the past four years, placing figures, either alone or in groups, into open and isolated landscapes where they face the unknown and the unexpected. With a strong sense of narrative, these works are designed to trigger the imaginative and empathetic powers of the viewer.
As this series progresses, I find myself addressing the growing trend in our society towards alienation from nature, each other, and ourselves. As ‘social media’ progresses, opportunities for physical human interaction appear to be shrinking, and our connection to the land we live in is being replaced with a growing immersion into computer generated environments. Where this path will lead us is uncertain, but suggests an intriguing dilemma worth speculating on.