In the past, I often worked from direct observation- family, kids, landscapes, interiors.
In more recent times, my focus shifted to all things tangled- grasses, vines, branches.
Capturing the gesture of humans or natural elements has been a constant fascination.
Throughout all my painting, color continues to be an evocative component of the work.
My current process often creates contradictory impulses - approaching and withdrawing, overlapping and pulling apart, density and lightness, beauty and menace.
I create history in the work as I erase and redraw, or paint over and under the elements time and again.
There are often many hidden layers and other conversations underneath what you see on the surface. I work all over the entire painting or drawing throughout the process, not just section by section. I was taught you need to literally paint from back to front as much as possible to create a feeling of believable space.
After living in California, Oregon, Maine, Iowa, Washington, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland; I settled in Colorado. I formerly taught all levels of painting and drawing at Morehead State, and College of William and Mary and Colorado State University. I've won two Colorado state arts council fellowships, numerous merit awards and exhibited my work nationally for over 25 years. I earned a BFA at University of Oregon, and an MFA at University of Iowa. Many of these smaller paintings and drawings were not done for larger solo shows or exhibits, but for my own pleasure and evolution, or studies for larger pieces. At this point in a long career, success to me doesn't mean making money hand over fist, but rather in seeing the work go out to good homes in the world. Thanks for having a look, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or to see more images of the work.