Malletts Creek Series
The Malletts Creek series is a body of work that focuses on a specific area of a creek that runs through my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I painted Malletts for the first time in February 2009 and ever since I have been returning to the same location to paint. This series has recorded how a few fallen trees over a creek have changed over time, from season to season and year to year. I am interested in building a relationship with a particular space through multiple paintings, drawings and prints. I enjoy returning to the creek every few months to see what has changed; which broken limbs have been swept away after a rain storm, the amount of bark left on a tree trunk or how the space looks in winter or spring. I love recording both the small and more obvious changes; a mushroom growing on a previously bare trunk is to me, a development that renews my interest in depicting the space. The shapes created by the trees allow me to construct subtly abstract compositions within the landscape. The abstraction of the landscape is increasingly becoming a theme in my work due to my exploration of this particular location. I look forward to further investigating the potential of the space and how it affects my understanding of landscape painting.
In December 2011 I discovered that the portion of Malletts Creek that I had been painting was destroyed by construction associated with the Malletts Creek Restoration Project.