Blue Hour is the transitional time of day between day and night, a time of quiet reflection. The French translation, l’heure bleue
, refers to the time after World War II, a time of innocence and turning inward after the war. These are disrupted landscapes, marked by the interrupted sequence across multiple panels and overlapping elements. The trees form a structural network for reality; the abstracted elements evoke individual patterns of memory and experience.
The painting process is a ritual, each day an almost repetition of the previous day’s work; there is almost imperceptible progress. The images evolve organically out of the paint, as in the growth of a tree. Over a period of time and forty layers of transparent glazes, the painting emerges, building up memories and memorials to time and place.
The Blue Hour paintings were exhibited at Robischon Gallery, Denver, in 2009.