As an abstract painter Estes interprets horizon lines and landscape into multi-colored and multi-dimensional land stratums. Flat layers of paint are added in assured gestures to a raw canvas or panel –sections are stained, while others possess thick globs of paint. In this manner, the striking combination of southern sunsets and warm gulf waters are translated onto the surface using a dry pigment, pastel and gesso application. The result is an energetic and vibrant display of color, shape and form.
In his most recent work, the combination of Perdido Bay’s water and sky in lower Alabama serve as the foundation. Estes focuses anew on predominately middle key colorations, while introducing overlapping vertical sections within his recognized horizontal structure. The adjustment adds a subtle complexity to his harmonious balances.