Foreground Notes


Foreground Notes employs drawing, film photography and digital imaging to explore new possibilities in the comprehension and representation of nature.


Culvert (Winter and Spring) 2008

Each drawing sequence, and many of the photographic images, trace the linear contours and calligraphic markings of detail we routinely overlook.


Dans la Nature, l’Écriture

Consecutive drawings record a syntax in seeing and marking. 
Linesets: sumi pen, brush and india ink on paper.





Lineset: sumi pen, brush and india ink on paper


The natural world is noisy and chaotic, systematic yet open-ended, patterned, complex and indifferent. There is an oscillation between structure and chaos, between ordering and disordering, between melody and static. The entire process plays out right in front of our noses.

Drawingwall scroll 02

  1 picture 6 ways  15 x 30




Lineset: sumi pen, brush and india ink on paper


The Foreground Notes project includes more than 900 ink and wash drawings, scores of archival pigment prints of various dimensions, video/animation loops and an archive of thousands of film and digital photographs.

Cascade 2014

17 x 52 inches 





Four Ways to See Dewdrops  2004





Linesets: sumi pen, brush and india ink on paper


Lineset:   sumi pen, brush and india ink on paper




Etang Noir (Black Pond) 2012

not your mother’s rococco  
pigment prints dimensions variable


Drawingwall Splits 2007


pigment printe, dimensions variable


Lineset: sumi pen, brush and india ink on paper



Drawingwall scroll 03. 2014

15 x 48 inches





The Foreground in Winter


pigment prints, dimensions variable


Scree Walk 2008

15 sumi pen drawings on paper + video loop




At Rest: Balbonne

ink on paper 8 x 10 inches




Drawingwall scroll 01 - cut and stacked, horizontal to vertical 



pigment print 15 x 60 inches





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