I tend to believe my work is a combination of representational and impressionistic with shades of abstraction. The last part, abstraction, is what really excites me. I love solving the problem of indicating something without having to render it completely. Hard to do but exciting when it's successful. If enough information is indicated the viewer can pretty much visually fill in the rest. For the viewer it leaves room for interpretation and imagination.
I use oil paints on a variety of surfaces like prepared gessoed hardboard, stretched canvas, linen panels and cotton canvas panels. Lately I have been making my own panels using hardboard and oil primed linen. I paint en plein air (outdoors) and in the studio. My range is from seascapes to mountain scenes and everything in between. Urban and cityscape painting really get my juices flowing. I REALLY enjoy painting man made structures. Especially architecture and how it blends in with nature. Subjects like alleys, freeway bridges, construction sites, dilapidated buildings, vintage signs and period architecture really speaks to me. I like to see the beauty in things that most people wouldn't stop and look at. People who have purchased my paintings have often said that.
Upon moving to San Diego in 1993, I started to study at Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA. At the atelier I gained a deeper knowledge and appreciation of many different artists. Some have been an influence in my own work. Artists like Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla, Emile Gruppe, John Sargent, Anders Zorn and Frank Duveneck to name a few. The golden age of illustration also fascinates me, Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell, Robert McGinnis and even Gil Elvgren.
My intentions for doing my art work is simple: I love mushing paint around! It makes me happy period. If I can do this for the rest of my life then great. I spent about 20 years in the world of theater as a scenic artist. I helped designers and directors realize their visions for hundreds of productions. As a scenic artist I painted/sculpted scenery for the stage and I planned and executed large canvas drops as background elements for musicals, comedies and dramas. Many of them were shows that eventually went on to Broadway. It took a lot for me to leave this job as I loved it so much. But it did not allow me much time to paint and pursue a fine art career. I eventually left the theater in an effort to have more time to paint. Like any other serious artist I would like to make this my life's journey. Currently I am a licensed contractor and I have my own mural and decorative painting and faux business. Working for myself has allowed more time to paint, so I'm on the right path.
Thanks for checking out my art. I hope you enjoy!
University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor of Arts, 1991