Driving cross-countries, I sought out and photographed new wave scenes along the highway. This series started with the raw landscapes of Iceland and West Texas, but quickly expanded to other regions. There is something appealing to me about the shift one sees along a route, the gradual progression and eventual blending of towns, architecture, rivers, and forests in which you can almost read the history of an area in its landscape. Where each drawing is a very specific place, the paintings are a seemingly realistic conglomeration and accumulation of the road in between. Sifting through photographic documentation, memory, and pop culture references, I graphically arrange and systematically layer the tableaus in graphite and paint. All my work explores similar themes of environment, consumption, space, forced decorative imitation of nature and art history’s controlled revelation of idealized landscapes.