As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty of our natural world.
My passion for nature began at a very young age when I started surfing. The sun, wind and waves instilled in me a great appreciation for the outdoors, which continues to inspire me. From this connection with the natural world I began to record it by sketching and painting. My first plein air drawing was done on a 2nd grade field trip. Since that memorable day I've never looked back. Each step in life was and is dictated by my passion for art.
As I grew up, I continued to paint and study. For me, there was no conscious decision to be an artist, that was simply who I was. Although I attended art classes at UCSB and SBCC I feel that I was largely self taught. I went on to study from both living and dead masters. To this day, I consider myself a lifelong student of the natural world.
For nearly 30 years I lived and painted at Hollister Ranch, a pristine coastal tract of nearly 15,000 acres. Painting there solidified my commitment to painting the land and sea.
The person who had the most influence on me was my Great Aunt, Aurilla de Walt Payne. In the 1890's she traveled to France from her family farm in Iowa to study art. From there she moved to Laguna Beach, the year was 1915 and she became a member of the "Eucalyptus School" of painters and was a pupil of Edgar Payne. I grew up with her paintings.
My process begins on location, the information I gain from the personal experience of "being there" is then brought into the studio where I finish the piece or make a larger studio painting. I use oil paints with walnut oil for a medium. No turpentine or other thinners are used.
I continue to be an avid surfer and outdoorsman. I want to bring the viewer of my paintings to places I consider to be some of natures finest.
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971