D. Morgan Russell

Artist Statement

Persistent in my thoughts is an idea of the landscape. Even as I experiment with space, color, form and texture, I'm looking for ways around, in and through. And in due time my works establish their own navigable natures.

I love exploring. From an early morning walk in the woods to an early renaissance landscape, my enthusiasms are the same. I relish finding passageways, things in the margins, insistent peculiarities. While making a painting I'm mostly concerned with moving through the picture plane (how do I get from here to there?), but the real content of my work is what happens on the way from here to there, the residue of an exploration—a discovery. I play nature by pushing paint around.