I eliminate unessential details and use minimal representation in my paintings. The organic, fluid style of my work suggests the changing natural landscape. My artistic journey has taken me beyond using transparent
watercolor in a realistic manner, to a more contemporary, impressionistic, and experimental style of painting. Using a variety of painting surfaces allows me to develop the texture and intense color central to my paintings. My current series is derives from a rafting/hiking trip to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. The geology, patterns, atmospheric conditions and history, along with the physical challenges left an emotional and visual impression on me. My interactions with nature provide endless inspiration.
painting outdoors – soaking up the patterns, colors, rhythms, and textures of the natural world. These “plein air” watercolors
and my lifelong experiences in nature often provide the genesis for more
abstract paintings. Rendering a quick
impression allows me to simplify the
composition and convey the essence of my inspiration. The whims of the environment – sun, wind,
rain, insects – provide the impetus for me to complete a painting quickly, and
focus on what attracted me to the subject in the first place. Once, I asked a
buyer of one of my paintings if he knew the location suggested. He didn’t know, but said, “It looks like
someplace I’d like to be.” That’s the
feeling conveyed in my work.