Imaginary Japanese Landscapes
In late 2020, I decided to start a new series of works on paper inspired by the quiet beauty, subtlety, tranquility and calm of traditional Japanese landscape art. This was a direct reaction to all the intense negative emotions I had experienced since 2015 due to the political situation in the U.S.
In this on-going series, I have created imaginary Japanese landscapes using traditional Japanese prints or photographs of ordinary landscapes as my source material. This source material becomes completely transformed by the time the artwork is each piece is finished. I wanted to capture the serene and harmonious beauty of traditional Japanese landscapes but to make the actual landscapes modern and contemporary. I have played with the space in these drawings, used mixed media, added collage elements and juxtaposed traditional Japanese features with western art elements, creating landscapes based not upon reality but upon imagination.
Works On Paper