I’m looking to photograph light for painting reference and it rained most of the time I was passing through West Virginia and Kentucky. Light defines what I see, the way a spotlight does, and changes the structure of things. I know I miss things when there is no direct light. Still the leaves are changing so there was some brilliant color anyway. I look for altered landscapes, signs, barns and trailers. West Virginia: Abandoned Factory and Whirlygig was the first painting in this series.
My first visit to Kentucky was with my parents when I was in high school. The trip was centered around meeting my hero, Secretariat. When I was looking for Kentucky images for this series I chose Secretariat’s barn.