Painting, for me, is a chance to explore alternate views of reality. My intention is not to paint a particular place but to create a mood, to encourage the viewer to daydream, to remember, to invent a story. The idea is to communicate a sensation of a beautiful or interesting place. Composition, light and shadow, color and texture, all help to set the stage to tell the story.
Working on location and from life sketches allows me to study
composition and color and make paintings that become more than a picture
of an actual subject. Natural scenes are a starting point for
depicting a range of emotions using various color themes and
compositions. Trees, woods, mountains, beaches and
any body of water all have the ingredients for interesting paintings.
The light tells the story and sparks the imagination.
and feeling of a landscape or figurative painting often start with
charcoal and chalk on toned paper sketches. Studio abstracts can evolve
from finding design in the spontaneous application of paint and going
where it takes me or careful planning based on sketches and reference
photos. I use acrylics, oils, or watercolors. Paint is applied on
canvas, watercolor paper, or prepared wood panels with brushes, palette
knives, improvised tools and sometimes bare hands using techniques from
washes, glazes and spattering to thick impasto. Finished paintings are
protected with varnish.