Oil and Wax, 12 x 16 inches
The Elemental series of paintings depicts points of land in raging, stormy weather with rough seas. There is nothing peaceful about these scenes, but a sense of dread and awe at the power of nature. They are meant to be disturbing, immersive and dark. The storm is just clearing as the sun has set. The waves in the foreground are large, implying a low, close-to-the-water perspective adding a sense of drama. There is movement everywhere, but nowhere for the eye to rest…much like the real-life experience itself.
“When I was young, I believed…that painting was a sort of reaction which reconstructed the spectacle before our eyes, preserving our memory of it, or that it allowed us to reconstruct or imagine some scene which illustrated an idea. Now I think that painting is rather in the domain of philosophy.” – Jacques Villon (1875-1963)