“Geography of Hope” is a collection of landscape paintings inspired by the writer and conservationist Wallace Stegner. In 1960 Wallace Stegner wrote the famous “Wilderness Letter” which offered a new argument for the preservation of Wilderness. His idea was that wilderness was important beyond the value of natural resources and the greatest value was it’s spiritual resource.
My latest series was inspired by his writing that rings true today — perhaps more than ever. I hope to help connect people with nature so that they not only want to protect it, but also benefit from it. My aim is not for the landscape to look real but for it to feel real, painting not a specific place but the spirit of place, with a message of the geography of Hope.
“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.” ~Wallace Stegner