I explore how color and light affect space and the physical sense of place. For me "Atmospheric Conditions" are more than weather conditions, they elicit a personal response to the landscape. The setting of my work may be abstracted landscapes, but the root of my work is an emotional reaction to the environment. My paintings are based on nature, fashioned from memory and imagination, and imply landscapes not necessarily seen, but felt. I dissolve the landscape, leaving only what I consider to be the essence of nature. I hope to draw the viewer to the light and colors that radiate from the canvas and give them pause.
Travel is an important component in my work, as it allows me to observe and compare gradients of color, light and atmosphere in different geographic areas. On my travels whether it’s through the Pacific Northwest, Shanghai, China or the countryside of Japan and even my around my home in the Bay Area of California, I gather ideas by making small watercolors of landscapes and taking many photographs, which become my sources of inspiration in the studio. I continually examine the effects of light and form in the natural world and living in the San Francisco Bay Area allows for access to an amazing array of Atmospheric Conditions.
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1990
New York University
Master of Arts