"The landscape itself is the carrier of memory: it contains things that are buried but will not stay interred; a nature that proceeds, season to season, birth to death to birth."
Brett Eric Osborn paints from memory, evoking the haunted landscapes of a childhood in rural Wisconsin. These places are the rougher edges of a shadow, where both light and dark exist and this world overlaps into the next.
He creates the images using oil paint, then proceeds to apply several thin films of semi-transparent pigment, creating a layer through which the underlying landscapes and figures are revealed.
In his works, Osborn aims not to render the exterior beauty of the land but to reveal his emotional response to the memories buried in it.