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I’m swinging in a hammock on the pier at sunset, the waters of Phang Nga Bay have receded to reveal the ocean’s scalloped floor with tiny crabs ticking by on pointed feet. Traveling out of my comfort zone to stay in a dirt-floored hut in Thailand has made me hyper aware of my surroundings. The thick, salty atmosphere shrouds the hulking peaks of limestone karats with their newly exposed feet, enveloping me in this new atmosphere, this new world and way of seeing. I am overcome with the excitement and wonder of travel and the unique atmospheres that are specific to each region. The atmosphere that change the light and evoke the mystery of the unknown.

 

My current series of inquiry focuses around atmosphere. Using paint and the principles of color theory I seek to create a feeling of atmosphere that connect us with primordial emotions. One might even call this a sense of presence. The idea that simple shifts in value and tone can evoke an experience of vastness.

Photo by Jose Navarro-Robles