I grew up in central Indiana in a rural area and have always felt a great affinity for the natural landscape. Roaming the wooded hillsides as a very young child I learned early to appreciate the beauty of the light as it changed. These images remain with me and when I revisit those places I am overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and longing for what has passed.
At the time I attended Herron School of Art in Indianapolis the Vietnam War was ending and the Avant Garde Art World was seeking mostly abstract and expressionist painters. I had a lot to express then and so I felt my days of painting landscapes were over. I became fascinated with the narrative and used figures to tell enigmatic stories related to my emotional angst.
Living in the west brought me back to this love of light on the landscape. New Mexico, California, and later Arizona were a constant source of motivation because of the clarity of the air, the boldness of the major landforms and the violence of the storms. I have spent countless hours walking, driving, looking always watching the sky and its illuminations of the earth below. My eye fills my mind with color and my hands desire to confine it to paint trapped on canvas, board, or paper.
Each time I make a painting there is a connection that resonates between the image and myself. Every reflection of color in the natural forms I choose speaks to me personally in a feeling, memory, or dream. To be able to coax the color out of the shadows and to catch the sunlight particularly at either end of the day is a challenge I continually seek. The rewards are beyond anything material. I have always felt this way about my art and it is deeply gratifying after all these years to find that the richness of seeing only grows.
I have traveled a bit in my life including Kenya, France, Panama and have lived on each coast in the U.S. I currently reside in Tucson, AZ. I want each new work to reflect the freshness and wonder that I have felt through all the layers of experience and places I have seen. Painting remains my passion and I will continue to chase the light.
Oil Painters of America
Tucson Pastel Society
Tucson Pastel Society