Painting has been part of my life for over 50 years. I recall sitting outside at the age of eight painting a small watercolor of my red metallic reading lamp and told my parents I was going to be an artist when I grew up.
Landscapes have taken my attention for the past 20 years. In the warmer months I paint outdoors. Winter finds me in the warmth of my home studio reworking studies from the summer or creating new works from my travel photos. I am attracted to subjects that express nature with a nod towards human activity. Typically this may include abandoned structures, farmland, pathways, and wooded trails.
Currently my compositions are driven by moody light and unusual weather effects. Curiously I have noted that each painting develops a childlike personality as I work. Some are cooperative and others simply misbehave. I enjoy guiding the process intuitively through the last finishing touches towards the maturity of the final result.
My artistic influences include the Italian Renaissance painters, Dutch Masters, Andrew Wyeth and my father who taught me technical drawing skills at an early age.