Genius Loci

Hello and Welcome Back! While studying architecture at Virginia Tech I was introduced to the idea of Genius Loci or the spirit of place, a space where meaning is composed of ordered time, a layered space of substances, texture, color and man’s psychic framework.

Plein Air painting has always been a huge part of my studio practice. Below is a plein air painting created at the Oregon Trail Ruts in South East Wyoming while at the Jentel Artists Residency in 2008. It is a place carved out of time. Wagon wheels, animals and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge during its heaviest usage by American Pioneers.

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