I have always
been intrigued by the interaction of color and light, and how we perceive
it; I am also fascinated with flying and with views of the sky seen from
the sky. The Strata paintings incorporated in this book
were inspired by both.
The artistic challenge has been to find ways of expressing in my painting
what I am experiencing viscerally, as well as visually. Part of that
challenge is to find materials that allow me to permanently capture my
experience for others.
Like small views from an airplane window, these sky-inspired works
are paintings on
9” x 14” Plexiglas that is one-inch
thick. Each painting is slowly built up with 20-30 layers of transparent
glazes that combine to create a remarkable spectrum of color. The
translucent Plexiglas receives the light and incorporates it into
the colored layers from within to create an ethereal, atmospheric
As this book's graphic designer, I was charged with integrating
the written concept with a visual one in a way that is aesthetically
pleasing and engaging. I wanted The Book of Comforts to be graphically
elegant and to take the reader on a personal adventure, whether bouncing
from idea to anecdote, to quote to poll, or cruising pensively through
the chapters from cover to cover. I designed each page carefully
with this goal in mind, finding the section of each painting that
be best suited to the overall design.
It was clear from the start that the Strata series, these “little
slices of sky,” as they have been called, served our goal to
combine words and art and create something that is not only a comfort
but also a comfort to behold.