I am all about color; tone, vibrancy, purity and isolation.
I’ve always felt the need to explain the sense that there is a larger force at work in the universe. This mystical approach has become my “style”. Though my paintings tend toward the representational, I am creating landscapes from within; hoping to transcend biology, psychology or spirituality and instead portray a measure of all three. Painting didn’t come to me as a desire to create at first, but as an exploration of color as a tool. My first efforts were less than representational and more expressionistic color patterns. Evolving to more realistic imagery always limited the standard contexts of subject, foreground, background, etc, to direct identification of the specific item: river, tree, or flower. . . a true recognition of the continuing isolation of colors and patterns from realistic elements. I hope to carry forward this choice to utilize strong images, refined to their essence, bringing forth an art which is sublime and accessible.
I have been working in the visual arts almost my entire life. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah. I then studied with Ron Crosby but am primarily self-taught. After several years working in graphic design, I took to the studio to paint. Primarily working in oil I occasionally create conceptual pieces using mixed media. “Up In The Trees”, an earlier series of paintings, were exhibited in Dallas at the East End Gallery and in Los Angeles at the Paramount Pictures Dining Room. Those works can be viewed in the Archives. My latest and most colorful works are the "Deadhead" paintings, which are available right now on this website! Greatest influences include but are not limited to Wassily Kandinsky, Lawren Harris, and Georgia O’Keefe. Now I live in Littleton, Colorado with my wife Kathy Trageser and twin boys.