Sirens, Crows and Seagulls/2015

This body of work was created in 2015. It is the first work made after moving from Madison, Wisconsin to Seattle, Washington. Where I lived in Wisconsin, I could ride my bike 5 minutes and be at a dairy farm or in the midst of acres and acres of agriculture. The period of transition was one of intense sensory adjustment; smells, sights, sounds and space all shifted. But dominating it all was sound – the sounds of sirens. Special to our family in Wisconsin was our bird feeder and the many birds that we recognized there, those returning often and the migratory ones. In Seattle, that change was significant; I have become intensely aware of seagulls and crows. Although I do not paint them, I titled this series after these signifiers of transition.