"Although it (the secret of seeing) comes to those who wait for it, it is always, even to the most practiced and adept, a gift and a surprise."
-Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The paintings and drawings in Pilgrim are works that examine sight, place, and moments of fleeting time. I have been working with the idea of the before, after, and between for several years, to add references through light and landscape. The pieces are process-based; there is the time and place the images are taken and there is a method of painting that introduces text and chance to the work. The images are taken in my backyard while the creek begins running in the spring. It is an attempt to look outside at what was closest to me, where my children play, where we laugh, cry and are consumed by the everyday chaos of life.
The key is to not entirely predetermine what the paintings will be, rather find the painting as it is being made through a series of accidents and grace.