When invited to create a new series for SAM Gallery at the Seattle Art Museum for a show called 'Contemporary Printmakers', I decided I wanted to experiment with landscape a bit, and just the word 'printmaking' puts me in the mind of traditional Japanese wood block prints and masters like Hokusai and Hiroshige. I wanted to pay homage to their beautiful imagery and composition, but as I began designing and revising the images, the palette just kind of exploded into technicolor and psychedelia, and I began to imagine these scenes as futuristic Utopias...which then took on an apocalyptic bend. Each of these settings are either capturing natural disasters in action, or in aftermath. The overarching theme I'm trying to convey with these pieces is humanity's helplessness in the face of the awesome power of nature, while highlighting the beauty of nature, even in its most destructive state, and maybe to suggest that we celebrate and enjoy it while we can.

I call this series 'Immaculate Disasters'.

Tahoma
resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 30x48"

Somerset
resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 30x48"

Elliott Bay
resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 30x48"

Islands
resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 30x48"

Red Square
resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 22.5x36"

Lodge
resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 22.5x36"