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, to express a sensation of the atmosphere of a scene. Composition, light and shadow, color and texture, all help to set the stage to tell the story of the moment and place. Art is a way to explore alternate views of reality.
Working on location and from life sketches allows me to study composition and color and to react to the place and make expressive 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, processes and compositions. Trees, woods, mountains, beaches and any body of water all have the ingredients for interesting paintings.
The design and feeling of a landscape or figurative painting often start with charcoal and chalk on toned paper, pen and ink, or watercolor 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, watercolors or mixed media. 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, spattering, and collage to thick impasto. Finished paintings are protected with varnish.
This is a collection of original paintings that are still available for sale
link to sold originals