The ‘Borderlands’ series is a return to my roots as a painter. In 2017-18 while working with completely nonreferential abstraction, I hit a point where I started to feel a bit lost in my practice, like I was wandering aimlessly. So, I decided to go back to the very beginning in an effort to “retrace my steps.” Colorful landscapes were an obvious choice because that’s where I started and my ‘Borderlands’ pieces are exactly the kind of paintings I made during my first two years of art school. They feel familiar and safe and I’ve loved every minute of making them. In terms of process, they’re inspired by the vistas around me but not “of” a specific place; rather they’re invented amalgamations of landscapes with heightened colors and simplified shapes. Similar to my other work, I make each piece without sketching or preparation and everything from the composition to the color palette is improvised as the work progresses.