Gallery: Breath of the Sea, diptychs

I work with both ink and paint, applied in textured and transparent layers, in a style which borrows elements of Asian inkbrush painting, ancient frieze bas-relief, antique fresco, and western panel painting. Many pieces are multi-panel (diptychs or triptychs). This to me creates a sense of the painting as a religious or devotional object (a diptych is formed by the closed doors of an altarpiece; when opened the inner panel surfaces reveal a triptych.) In this way the structure of the painting emphasizes its role as a devotional object, addressed to the divinity of the natural world.


The multi-panel form, especially when combined with elongated dimensions, also serves to produce a visually narrative landscape, one which is not taken in at a single glance but requires movement of the eye. This is a quality of both multi-panel screen painting (where the movement is horizontal) and scroll painting (where the movement is vertical) used in China and Japan, and I believe more accurately recreates the way we naturally view the world before us.