The title of this series, Backyard High, is inspired by the knowledge that we all share the same sky where borders are less visible and at some point do not exist. Our collective sky is not only transcendent but increasingly toxic and as I look up I have conflicted feelings brought on by witnessing the visible beauty in combination with the knowledge that something darker lurks in the air entering our bodies with each breath.
The images appear to be a single sky but are, in fact, composites of skies taken at different times and geographic locations. They are a combination of processes originating with film, scanning, colored filters, and digital imaging, resulting in hybrid images that do not reflect an actual moment or place. Stylistically, they are evocative of Luminism, an American landscape painting style of the 1850s-1870s that is characterized by effects of light in a transcendent landscape.
Limited edition prints for Backyard High 1 and 4 are available through DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles, CA