About the Artist - Artist Statement

In composing an artist's statement for a recent exhibit, I concluded that "I try in my painting to show the essence of things, while keeping in touch with the world of external appearances."

That said, I have an ongoing interest in stretching myself and avoiding repetition.  So I work in two directions. The first is mostly familiar, landscapes derived from drawings, plein-aire sketches and photos.

The second path I'm exploring has to do with using acrylics and water-soluable oils to continue in larger formats some of what I started in "Small Experiments" six years ago.  I've also worked with non-objective images and find that some of these can feel "essential" without referring overtly to anything beyond themselves.  This experience contributes a lot to my understanding of shape and texture and informs all of my current work. 

About the Artist