State of Nature

State of Nature is a reflection on lost connections to the natural world, past indigenous understanding and animistic belief in our relationship to the world we live in and the greater cosmos. My intention is to inspire reflection on our place in the current climate crisis and who we may need to become in order to change what could be an inevitable outcome.

The state of nature, in moral and political philosophy, religion, social contract theories and international law, is the hypothetical life of people before societies came into existence.

The mythological characters and endangered species in these paintings highlight their existence in our consciousness. Many of us have become more and more disconnected from nature. As we hurtle into an uncertain future impacted by the visceral effects of climate change the viewer is invited to reflect upon their place in the current state of nature.

These paintings will be show at the Compound Gallery in Oakland starting on July 24th.

Here are a few of the paintings in the show.  More will be posted shortly.