My lifelong dream has been to paint for a living. It is in my blood.
My inspiration was fueled early on by artists that I admired –
Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and Georgia O’Keefe. They
exhibit different approaches to figurative and landscape realism
with their individual marks of genius in interpretation.

Realism best describes my painting. The real challenge is to
capture the emotion from first discovery of the subject and to detail
it just enough to create an emotional connection with the viewer. Every painting I do begins with powerful light and dark values to define line and shape. This helps build a strong composition to help direct the eye of the viewer through the painting.

Lighting has always been key to my work. From my experience with shooting stills, film and studying many painters, I realized quickly the impact of light and the numerous feelings that natural light evokes.
The great American landscape and the incredible diversity of subject matter keep me going. Every empty canvas has the composition in place just waiting to be defined by light, color and shapes. It is hard to explain. Georgia O’Keefe said it best, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Well said. I work in all media but prefer acrylics for its flexibility. I always work from photos and sketches on location and return to the studio inspired. I love landscapes, water and sky for the amazing compositions God’s beautiful creation provides – an ever changing canvas just waiting to be captured. I see a landscape in every subject I paint, be it a bubbling brook, figures or wildlife. Even a simple flower carries a complete landscape in its natural beauty.

A great quote by Andre Gide sums this up, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does, the better.”