The Catena Series began in August 2020. The Series traverses a wide territory with the common denominator being a landscape horizon that is sometimes obvious or at times buried in the surface of the image. The Series was started in August of 2020 when I re-imagined an 8’x12’ painting from 2012 that was comprised of eight 48”x36” birch panels. I spend a month outside in the beautiful Berkshire sun stripping and sanding the panels to breathe new life into the surfaces.
I had been contemplating how the pace of life had changed during the Covid Pandemic. At moments time seemed to stand still and other times it seemed to race by. I came upon the word Catena, which means related moments or an inter-locking chain. The word Catena spoke to me about my search to find meaning and beauty through my painting process. “Catena” seemed to describe the suspended life I was living. My use of alchemy and the transformation of materials continued in the Catena Series. The Series searches for reconciliation, contentment and beauty.
Catena Series Video – The Beginning
Catena Series Video – Making of: sanded birch panels, the starting point
Catena Series Video – Catena 4, Making of: Pouring pewter
The Studio Interviews, Part 1, The Catena Series