As so many artists before me, I have been fascinated by the desire to understand how we, as humans, fit into our natural world. These two groups of work make some attempts to visualize some ideas around this. The first group – Human/Nature – are oil paintings. The second group – Estrangement – are all photographs.
The continuing and accelerating estrangement of people from a connection to nature or even the artificial environment within which they live is the very definition of modern human society today. Disconnection from our natural world is being pushed to all extremes by the use of isolating devices and applications – including mobile phones and tablets. In general, though seemingly increasing our access to the world, these devices also decrease our awareness of the natural environment we are in at any given moment. It is this loss of integration with our very nature that is seen here.