Thomas Cole (founder, artist) of the Hudson River School of painting ~ worked from written notes to himself on color and impressions of sites, working from the “veil of memory”. I have always worked the landscapes the same way.
Overall, the work is about the places which hold memories and stories, the places we inhabit, the places we visit, the places we imagine…. the landscape is the container and holds “evidence” of where lives that pass through this world…. whether we have “access” to actual stories or super-impose stories onto these…. and so every place becomes stamped with our humanity.
The small scale of the work is mostly about intimacy. I relate that to reading and looking at images in books. That experience is a personal one, an intimate one. Viewing work on the small scale is akin to that. Up close, the world around you dissolves… peripheral vision becomes lessened…. and eventually it is only the viewer and the work.