EILEEN MURPHY

A landscape painting is a reflection of its viewer. Trees and streams and skies mirror the mood and experiences of the people who see them. I have recently been reading Jill Lepore's book The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity; in it, the rustic New England landscape plays a major role in a series of conflicts between settlers and native peoples in the early colonial era. The American landscape has shaped us as a nation while reflecting us back onto ourselves. This is a phenomenon that I try to capture in my paintings. I make extremely detailed landscapes, devoid of people, that have the uneasy feeling of something important having happened, or something about to happen. The viewer naturally projects his or her own associations and experiences onto the scene.