Where Floating Mountains and Fog Eaters Meet

This series of paper and ink paintings speaks to the rediscovery of the once-overlooked surroundings in the Mendocino Forest and my initial exploration of landscape as a subject.  While I hadn’t previously identified myself as a landscape painter, I found resonance in the principles of ancient Chinese landscape painting, particularly Heaven and Earth compositions- evoking new perspectives of the essence of place.

When a sea of coastal fog encircles the mountain ridges, they acquire an airy, floating island quality. In the Boontling dialect, which originates from nearby Boonville, California, a “fog eater” refers to a coastal dweller. The local trees and vines consume the same fog. The connection between the two is the meeting place.

Ink on Mulberry Paper, 18" x 14" 2023

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