Over the past few years, I have made several trips to the Alentejo region of Portugal. My excursions began by leading plein-air painting workshops with my students, and quickly became an integral part of my personal practice. In particular, I've developed a deep love for the countryside of the Alentejo that sits near the Spanish boarder: the rolling yellow hills, cork oak trees, marble quarries, and the chorus of sheep's bells.
During multiple, month-long residencies, I developed works in painting, video, and installation. And it was here in the Alentejo that I wrote my first album and performed for the very first time.
The Alentejo has become a lens that I carry with me. It is a way of living, seeing, and moving through the world. The Alentejo taught me the palette of earthly paradise. Now, I see her everywhere.
Plein-Air: The above pieces are Oil on Canvas Paper, 12" x 16," 2014/15.
Shadow Painting, Video, Foundation OBRAS, Evoramonte, Portugal, 2014. Music: "My Love Is" by Holly Gollightly.