Impression: Landscape (2011-2012)

These digital palettes are simplified color exercises, representing specific locations in North America using the fewest colors and shapes possible. The placement, proportion, and relativity of both shapes and color are meant to capture the impression of place.

More about this series:

At the end of 2010 after spending 3 years living in Montreal, Quebec, it was time for a new adventure. Belongings went into storage, remote jobs were secured, and a 1989 Volkswagen camper van was purchased. For 2011 and 2012, we lived on the road- an experience that just cannot be summed up in a few paragraphs, so I won't even try. I will say that we traveled back and forth across the entire United States twice, broke down a few times, traversed a small river, got caught in a freak snowstorm, visited some old friends and made some new ones. Since my studio consisted of about 20 square feet of living space, a pop-top bedroom and a sink the size of a halved cantaloupe, creative space was limited. However, inspiration was bountiful, having traveled epic landscapes, visited many of our nations National Parks and Forests and unearthed countless hidden gems and small pleasures. A sketchbook and a quality camera came in handy, but I found myself most drawn to the palette of the landscape. As I was currently teaching Color Theory online, I found digital palettes to be a fitting project during my travels, paying close attention to proportion, relativity a la Josef Albers, and contrast, among other elements. Impression: Landscape is the result of these travels, and serves as an homage to life on the road, a nod to technology enabling experience, and a scrapbook of visual memories.