For several years I have been walking two parallel paths in my painting--one figurative, "content laden", and the other informed by, if not strictly tied to, landscape. You could say that in the former I explore the inner landscape, and in the latter I riff on the inspriations of the landscape around me.
My figurative work employs iconic and dreamlike imagery to create "landscapes of the heart and mind." In this work I search for ways to express or explore inner events--emotions, transitions, relationships, etc.
My landscapes are more or less obvious as landscape... recently less! They were initially inspired by an intense physical reaction to fall color, a reaction that absolutely demanded to be exressed in the studio. Now that impulse has mellowed to a painting approach within which I have freedom of texture, color and mark--here I am not bound in service to the content as with my figurative work. In these pieces I often employ the scaffold of landscape for structure--perhaps emplying a simple horizon line or a series of tree forms--but the pieces often move into abstraction.
I suspect these parallel paths might one day merge, at least regarding painting technique. For now they stand separate.
You can see my work at the OCAG annual Open Studio Tour each fall, making a studio appointment, or by visiting the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts any time. http://hillsboroughgallery.com/