In the winter of 2009, I left the NYC winter to spend a month in the sweltering heat of the Amazon jungle of Southern Peru. I was the artist-in-residence at CICRA, a biological research station located on the Madre de Dios River. The research station, a five to ten hour boat ride from the nearest road, embodied a sense of isolation and submersion in the elements. This sensation was most profound when travelling on the river at dawn. The river was mostly devoid of human presence but was instead characterized by the shifting colors and fog of the early morning sunrise.

The paintings in this series were completed after I returned to NY by using oil sketches done on site, memories and photographs from the residency. All paintings in the series are done with oil on panel. They range from 5×7 inches to 12×24 inches.

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  • Madre de Dios, Blue Landscape with Minero Camp

    oil on panel, 12x16 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Two Trees

    oil on panel,10x8 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Green-Grey Fog with Sun Breaking Through

    oil on panel, 14x11 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Tree Tops

    oil on panel, 12x12 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Blue Morning with Minero Camp in the Distance

    oil on panel, 6x12 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, River Landscape

    oil on panel, 6x12 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, River with Minero Camps

    oil on panel, 6x24 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Blue Trees Silhouette

    oil on panel, 10x10 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Green Trees at River Shore

    oil on panel,12x 24 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Tree Tops in Green Fog

    oil on panel, 6x6 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Green Bush

    oil on panel, 7x5 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Morning Boat

    oil on panel, 6x6 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Lone Boat at Sunrise

    oil on panel, 6x12 inches, 2009

  • Madre de Dios, Tributary

    oil on panel, 12x16 inches, 2009