My artistic aim is to share with others my varied emotional reactions to the visual diversity of the natural world as I experience it. I believe we each have a true self beneath our developed sense of self, and that there are a few ways to connect with that. I particularly feel it when painting within and of the natural world, called plein air painting. More and more, though, I also experience it in the studio when I remember and then paint from my studies and photos. I generally paint in the northwest US and Baja Sur, Mexico, with occasional excursions elsewhere.
When I'm outside painting, I tend to first complete one or more small sketches and then value, color or notan (black and white) studies as necessary for a good composition. Then, I consider what type of palette I’ll use and the inclusion of unexpected nonrepresentational features and which other detail I may choose. I frequently tone my canvas or gessoed panel, and then, rub out the light areas of my painting surface. My next step is to lay down the values with hues in the masses. The values and hues must show outdoor light as it’s actually perceived. I proceed to modeling and some detail from the palette I've planned.
I'm a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS) and Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA). I've studied primarily with teacher and mentor, Mitch Albala, Gage Academy of Art and Pacific NW Art School. I've also studied with Camille Przewodek, Pam Ingalls, Jim Lamb, Ken Roth, Sandra Power, Derek Buckner, James Moore, Kathryn Stats and others. A few years ago, I attended the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France and I minored in Art in college. My work has been shown in many venues, most recently at Gallery North in Edmonds, WA; Galeria Casa Tota, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico; the Wallowa Arts Festival, Joseph, OR and Seaside Gallery, La Connor, WA.