"Castle Mountain (CA, gold)," 2012, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"
Today, vast operations by transnational mining corporations create strange new landscapes. We have little reference in viewing them, since few of us ever see these places. The extractive economy, in its hunger for raw materials, has entered its late phase – now going after resources in the most difficult and vulnerable places. To depict these operations destroys any sentiment of the “pastoral” that has existed in art.