My work tends to focus on a serene outdoor environment, a calm place to lose yourself in your thoughts without all the distractions of today’s multitasking culture. We all need a mental timeout to yoga, meditate, workout or spend time with a friend. I try to convey those feelings in my art. I’m now experimenting with new concepts including the use of a watercolor wash underpainting. This changes the mood of the painting depending upon the colors I use. One of my most recent paintings “Trinity One” uses this technique.
I’m influenced by long walks, the morning sunrise and visits to art galleries and museums. I enjoy beach vacations and drives across the midwest. Contemporary art inspires me to paint and explore new techniques. When I was a kid my favorite artists were Van Gough and Salvador Dali. Later in life Richard Diebenkorn caught my eye as well as Wayne Thiebaud and many others. My daughter River is also an artist whom I follow.
I'm a self-taught artist. I enjoy the process of specifying color, working with my hands and getting messy. Making art is a means of expression and release for me. It helps me focus, washing away all of the stressors of this culture and reality. It is also thrilling for me to see others enjoy and buy my artworks. When people talk about my art, it gives me a good feeling and awards me a sense of purpose. I also thoroughly love it when someone sees something in a piece that I haven’t seen myself.