extinctions

In 2011 I returned to the painting studio, invited by Gallery Route One to create an exhibit based on my longtime interest in California’s endangered/threatened floristic habitats. With the help of the California Native Plant Society, I located endangered plants in coastal, Sierra Nevada, and Central Valley regions and painted them plein air. Those I could not visit I painted from photographs, and I quickly realised that the vestiges of many endangered wildflowers exist in only a single photograph reproduced infinitely in digital space. To note the fragility of this digital “presence” I simplified internet images to 16 or 24 pixels across, and painted ghost portraits. This gallery is a sampling of the series, many of them now in private collections.