I am a contemporary realist artist with an impressionist's eye. My goal is to inspire and transport the audience to another level of beauty and meaning in the wide open spaces of the West. I paint from life whenever possible to accurately capture the light and color. I paint plein air often as well as painting from the live model. Training to paint the figure is one of the most difficult skills an artist can achieve and has provided me with an excellent foundation for painting the landscape, still life, animals, or figures.
My studio landscape pieces are constructed from my plein air studies and drawings in order to retain that first response from my original inspiration. Studies are essential in providing the depth and clarity that the studio piece seeks to impart to the audience. Some of my studies are done in graphite or charcoal. I have also used watercolor and pastels. However, my studio work is executed in oils.
I am particularly drawn to paint the West whether it be its landscape, native people, settlers, ranches, cattle, horses, etc. To me it captures a certain sense of independence - what it must have felt like to live "free" in past times. Where one's own God given capabilities made the difference in surviving a brutal winter, pestilence, or attacks by outlaws or marauding tribes. If the viewer feels that "western spirit" too then I have done my job.