I have no secret but hard work... Labor is the genius that changes the world from ugliness to beauty, and the great curse to a great blessing. J. M. W. Turner
Turner is a great inspiration. "Indistinctness is my forte." That is a goal vastly more difficult to achieve than robotically creating a painted copy of a photographic image. When I started painting again in August of 2017, that is what I did to get the feel back. I am now producing works that are significant to me in free form. My current locale in San Diego brings the beauty of the sea to my palette and the surrounding countryside suggests I follow in the footsteps of the great California Impressionists – whom I much admire. Now I am one of them. My past in the Alberta hinterlands brings me back to my boyhood summering on the farm and my camping trips in the Canadian Rockies bring me those majestic visions.
The prairies produced thunder and lightning on a daily basis contrasted with the peace of the prairie fields heavy with golden grain ; the rough seas of northern California and the quiet back country hillsides and streams provide the counterpoint. My past and my present serve to provide me with more than enough inspiration.
Travel broadens and sharpens one's eye as well. You will see scenes from many places in my work. It is a little on the traditional side but I like to produce dramatic pieces that strike a chord; nature overwhelms us. Just ask Captain Ahab.
Turner also said "Light is therefore color." As an Englishman he probably said "colour" - which reflects my previous life in Alberta, Canada. I grew up as a city boy in a family of farmers and spent many lovely summers on the farms of my grandparents. The past prairie life itches my creative bones. Much of my work reflects that - the vast and glorious expanse of the prairie punctuated by the tiny presence of man. I am a little on the senior side to be classified as an emerging artist but art is something I have always done. I knew I had some talent when I was 10 and started painting at 14. I painted as a selling hobbyist for many years but concentrated on a career in I.T. When I moved to California in 1995 and raised a family I left the art behind. Now that the children are essentially grown (18 and 16), I have time once again to explore my passion. A trip to Italy in June of 2017 provided the inspiration and I have been producing works at an alarming rate ever since. Twenty five years away from my paintbrushes is finding its way out. One reviewer wrote "Beautiful depth, perspective and feeling emits from these works of art. The artist actually takes you into the painting so that you can feel the work. I will look forward to keeping an eye on future works!" - Laurie Ruffner, Executive Director at Bitterroot Performing Arts Council