Niagara Falls Body of Work

11 04 2010

Artist Statement:

“The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery – not over nature but of ourselves.”

– Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

To paint Niagara Falls, is like imaging one’s self being in the presence of Niagara Falls.  Feeling the light mist of water brushing ones face; is like the paint of whites and blues fluffed and applied lightly with the brush. Its power and might and the weight of millions of gallons of water rumbling over the cliff; is felt like the fast heavy zigzagging motions brushed on the canvas with the greatest of strength and speed.

When I paint I feel the magnificence of Niagara Falls and the annoyance of exploitation. With its wondrous splendor it’s hard not to feel an awe and respect in its presence. For people to come to my hometown and try to make a mockery out of it, by building corporate buildings and distracting people from this beauty, that’s just wrong. People need to see Niagara Falls to gain a respect, and by looking at my paintings they can. Niagara Falls is a place of escapism and peace. With its power and might it must be respected. Its peaks and falls should be seen. Its mist and winds must be felt. Niagara Fall’s ecosystem and preservation has to remain. If not people will lose out on something that is greatly taken advantage of. Like Rachel Carson says, we are facing a challenge not towards nature, but of our selves.

To see images in greater detail click on image.

Niagara Falls P.O.V., 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″

Vertigo P.O.V., 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

From Above P.O.V., 2010, Acrylic on Canvas 30″ x 48″

Up Close P.O.V., 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 60″

Panorama P.O.V., 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 60″

Magenta Sunset, 2010, Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 48″

Red River, 2010, Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 48″