To create these works, Hall begins by taking photographs, combining upwards of 40 digital images per piece into a single, comprehensive panoramic view anchored by a definitive horizon line. Once the image is created in the computer, he prints it and mounts it on birch panel. That’s when the piece really begins to come alive: Hall embellishes the image, painting, scratching, and applying stains, oil paint, pastel, and ink. The result is a layered and textured surface that calls to mind the painterly landscapes of
, while blurring the lines between photography and painting. By exploring
the “fragile boundary between boyhood and imagined adulthood” through landscape, the works prove that it is, in fact, possible to return home again.