PATHWAYS:  Watercolors 40″ X 26″ 

A brief stay at a residence in the South of France, inspired a series featuring flowering gardens and intersecting pathways. In this group of transitional paintings, one image grows out of the previous one in some way.

In the lead painting, “Sentinel,” tall cypress trees stand as sentinels back-lit by the setting sun.  As the series develops the trees appear like flames, which are successively pushed out of the picture plane as the path thrusts upward from the bottom.

The forms progressively become flattened, simplified and shift in color.  The organic shapes of the trees and garden give way to symmetry and abstraction.  Finally, nature has receded to the background of the path, which has emerged as a vibrantly colored cruciform.