April 5 – April 29 Portland Art Gallery, Opening Reception April 5, 5-7 p .m.
“The open road reveals images for my work. I set out with my camera in an adventurous frame of mind and criss-cross the country. On the fast-moving interstate I discover, quite by accident, the perfect simplicity of a farmhouse or a barn. I am not interested in the details as much as the abstractions: the afternoon sunlight falling off a slanting roof, a patch of tall, forsaken grass cradling an old building, or a set of stairs once leading to a seaside path but now leading nowhere at all. The challenge is to catch the image with my camera from this inconvenient, backstage angle. America’s heartland influences the bulk of my work—utilitarian structures that have a weathered history are haunting and lonely, more so than the congestion of suburban or city life. Shapes occurring by circumstance intrigue me far more than deliberate artifice.”