This body of work is a long running series of paintings named from a line in Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII. “I love you as Certain Dark Things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” I worked from the English translation by Stephen Tapscott from the original Spanish version. The poem is the scaffolding for the abstract visual language I developed over a span of six years. In the context of painting and poetry, I’m interested in translation and adaptation, and the space in between, where words and objects commune and shape-shift into new forms. I love the way a poem can become like a prayer or a mantra. A north star in the studio and a perfect comrade to the vastness of abstraction.

Certain Dark Things Guardian Portrait (pink)
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches
Certain Dark Things Guardian Portrait (titan green pale)
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches
Certain Dark Things Guardian Portrait (teal)
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches
Certain Dark Things #95
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
Certain Dark Things #94
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
Certain Dark Things #93
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
Certain Dark Things #80
acrylic on canvas
96 x 90 inches
Certain Dark Things #81
acrylic on canvas
96 x 90 inches
Certain Dark Things #71
acrylic on canvas
96 x 90 inches
Certain Dark Things #72
acrylic on canvas
96 x 90 inches
Certain Dark Things #70
acrylic on canvas
96 x 90 inches
Certain Dark Things #78
acrylic on canvas
84 x 72 inches
Certain Dark Things #79
acrylic on canvas
66 x 60 inches
Certain Dark Things #82
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Certain Dark Things #69
acrylic on canvas
85 x 73 inches
Certain Dark Things #65
acrylic on canvas
72 x 32 inches
Certain Dark Things #66
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Certain Dark Things #60
acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
Certain Dark Things #58
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Certain Dark Things #59
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Certain Dark Things #62
acrylic on canvas
91 x 66 inches
Certain Dark Things #84
acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches
Certain Dark Things #83
acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches
Certain Dark Things #56
acrylic on canvas
58 x 36 inches
Certain Dark Things #57
acrylic on canvas
58 x 36 inches
Certain Dark Things #67, 68
acrylic on canvas
each panel 100 x 28 inches
Certain Dark Things #61
acrylic on canvas
84 x 72 inches
Certain Dark Things #36
acrylic on canvas
90 x 96 inches
Certain Dark Things #37
acrylic on canvas
90 x 96 inches
Certain Dark Things #38
acrylic on canvas
90 x 96 inches
Certain Dark Things #52
acrylic on canvas
90 x 96 inches
Certain Dark Things Triptych #36, 37, 38
acrylic on canvas
each panel 90 x 96 inches
Certain Dark Things Triptych #51, 52, 53
acrylic on canvas
each panel 90 x 96 inches
Certain Dark Things #39-50
acrylic on canvas
each panel 72 x 24 inches