Lake Lover Blog

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Finding Inspiration...

When my wife and I were in Boston the other week visiting our lovely niece, one of our first stops was the Museum of Fine Arts. What an amazing place! I could have spent days there and still not covered it all.
 
One gallery in particular captured my attention — a temporary exhibit of paintings by Mark Rothko.
 
I have always been inspired by Rothko's work. His trademark blocks of color with soft edges are seemingly simple until you look closer and see the complex layers and blending. I strive for my images to have a similar feel — that the tableau created by nature and captured by me is both simple and wonderfully complex.
 
Rothko wanted viewers to experience his paintings from the “inside.” I echo this idea. By creating large-scale pieces, often abstract with the horizon as the identifying feature, I want viewers of my work to feel immersed in the scene, in the lake’s vastness, power and beauty.
 
My goal is to create more than just beautiful images. I hope viewers will take in the many subtle details: the surface of the water, the light and reflections, the horizon line, or storm clouds interacting with the lake.

Lake Michigan is a magnificent natural canvas that is in constant state of flux. Each view is new and different and needs to be revisited multiple times to be fully appreciated.
 
Thanks for reading!

Ted