I am an expressionist painter and a colorist. My body of work represents a fusion of my love of color, of nature, and of fearless and free expression. My paintings explore the experience of living in a fragile and beautiful world amidst the chaos of modern life. Whether painting in the abstract or representational style, I see two major themes in all my work:
1] Much of my work is a continuing investigation of landscape that portrays my love of planet Earth and nature and the importance of wetlands, trees, oceans, rivers to planetary health. For the past few years, I have been focused on painting trees, horizons and water abstractly. I recently exhibited my river treescapes in a solo show and and another focused entirely on wetlands. I am currently working on a series that I call Earthworks: bold, abstracted landscapes– some with vivid, almost Fauvist color, others in more earth tones.
2] The similar themes of genesis, opening, emergence, transformation, awakening, blossoming, becoming more alive, breakthrough are the ideas that I frequently paint in my non-representational work.
My paintings are created intuitively using the artist’s tools of color, value, line, and the skills of painting, drawing, layering, reduction, and markmaking. Each painting is a new collaboration of these tools with my attention, intuition and training, until the painting begins to coalesce into completion.
The challenge is to use my training and intuition simultaneously while ‘listening’ to the painting with eyes and heart to know what the painting needs and when it is finished.
My overall objective with my art is to express and inspire a growing love for our beautiful Earth and the people, animals, and places that it supports.