This body of work reflects how the impacts of the increasing natural disaster incidence on communities worldwide. My CALIFORNIA NATURAL DISASTER oil painting collection was conceived and executed after the largest landslide in California history. In May 2017, the Mud Creek Landslide on the property of my home in Big Sur, California, taking out the driveway and highway below. My home was located in such close proximity to this landslide I was forced to evacuate and relocate permanently.
Through expressive dripping and pulling of color and line, I communicate my personal experience of moving earth, falling boulders and splitting highways. The asymmetrical dividing lines depict the balance between humankind and nature. I applied a pattern by painting and hand pressing the soles of the shoes I wore while evacuating by foot. The footprint pattern symbolizes how the "human footprint" is influencing the climate change I handmade oil paints with earth pigments as a means of embedding the DNA of the earth into the abstract landscape paintings.
This body of oil paintings contemplates the idea of home, stability and the fragility of manmade infrastructures amidst changing landscapes. Most importantly, this experience has brought my attention to the thousands of people worldwide who have lost their lives or homes due to the impacts of natural disasters. My desire is for my abstract landscape paintings to serve as reminders for all of humanity to help innovate solutions for climate change and demonstrate compassion towards natural disaster victims. I am donating 15% of the proceeds of each oil painting I sell to Red Cross towards international disaster relief.