Storm Over Pacific
by Judith Skillman
[This painting is featured as the cover of Abandon Journal, issue #1]
I love painting seas and oceans, perhaps because within such vast expanses there are no people. The vacancy and power is overwhelming, and it is a reminder that while the human species came from these waters, we are powerless over its elemental force.
This painting was created as a reflection on a place that is inherently hostile to humans. Also, when I paint water—if and when it works—the process is one of abandoning any ideas for a finished product. It’s more like being the waves, and feeling their unceasing energy.