I enjoy working from life, both landscapes and still lifes. I gravitate toward realism, and occasionally do somewhat abstract pieces, maintaining many of the artistic principles used in realism. Simplicity in composition is often what draws me to a painting or scene. Minimalists such as Mark Rothko and Jules Olitsky have greatly influenced me, though I paint in a representational style.
As with so many artists, what often initially draws me to a scene is the light. My eye is drawn to the contrasts between the shadows and highlights--likewise the subtle value gradations can be just as inspiring. Georgia O'Keefe said, and I'm paraphrasing, "I can say in colors and shapes what I cannot say in words." What I seek to say in painting: This is something I love to see and feel, maybe you can see and feel it too.