Nothing Is the Same (February 2003 - August 2004)

Nothing Is the Same (February 2003 – August 2004), oil on canvas, each panel 18″ x 33″

About the Series

1998-2005

Nothing is the Same is a series of paintings that evolved over a period of seven years from 1998-2005. The paintings are repeated panoramic views of a mountain range and valley located in Southern California. The paintings reflect changing conditions in light, weather, time, seasons, natural catastrophes, and urban development.

I observed this scene during the torrential rains of an ‘el niño’ in 1998 through the firestorms of 2003. I watched the valley change from an agricultural community to the focus of an expanding casino. I studied the mountain range when it disappeared in a summer haze of 100° heat and when it reappeared after a winter storm with snow-dusted peaks. I stood on the point overlooking this site from one millennium to the next at all hours of day and night, season to season, in the wind, fog, rain, heat, and cold.

The changes were sometimes dramatic, but more often the daily pace of the mountain and valley was subtle and unassuming. The paintings are arranged in groups from pre-dawn to midnight with all of the changes that occur in between. As each moment is altered by both natural and artificial forces, reality is not certainty. Rather, it is a fleeting, momentary abstraction of the perception of space. There are a total of forty-five paintings with no two paintings alike.

oil on canvas, 45 panels, 18”x 33” each

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