D. Morgan Russell

Artist Statement

To begin describing my paintings I might say they are experiments in navigation (how do I get from here to there?). But whether I'm paraphrasing, abstracting from, or acting like nature, the real content of my work is what happens on the way from here to there, the residue of an exploration: a discovery.

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. My work evolves in similarly interesting ways when I break free of initial descriptive intentions. And this letting go of the need to name everything has percipitated a renewed joy in the physical properties of oil paint and moving it around. I play nature by pushing paint around.