Like O’Keeffe, I love the natural world. Landscape has always been a critical component of my stories and creative process. I spend time every day outside – walking, running, swimming, surfing, biking, or sledding with my kids
Although we tend to associate O’Keeffe with southwestern landscapes – deserts, mesas, arroyos – she also painted extraordinary city scenes of New York, as well as landscapes of Lake George and Maine. Trees, rocks, bones, and flowers were vital subjects and inspiration for O’Keeffe’s art, both abstract and representational, as were rivers, lakes, clouds, and roads. No matter where she was living, O’Keeffe loved to walk, and she would often walk for hours, at the beginning and end of each day. In the process of writing Georgia, I began to take photographs. I wanted to train my eye to see as a visual artist – to break down the world into color, shape, shadow, line. I became fascinated by how the same place in different seasons and at different hours of the day can be entirely transformed by varying collisions of light and shadow and wind. I began to notice how the world is full of shapes constantly moving and changing, in interaction with one another. These four images below were all taken at Lake George.