Minneapolis School of Art & Design Atelier Lack, Minneapolis Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga (instructor)
I love oil paint – its texture, its luster, and the sweet smell of linseed oil. I make no attempt to hide the fact that paintings are made with paint! I enjoy making still-life and plein air landscape paintings. In the studio I paint alla prima as much as possible, trying to simulate the freshness of outdoor painting. For still-life paintings, I prefer to paint directly from the set-up. For studio landscapes, I refer to my plein air studies, and drawings and notes made on site. I use photographic references as little as possible.
I have studied the on-line and written teachings of Richard Schmid, Jim Wilcox, Kevin Macpherson, James Gurney, David Leffel, Gregg Kruetz, and others. I view the technical aspects of painting as essential adjuncts to the artistic, using high quality oil colors and proven techniques of paint application. My paintings receive gallery-quality frames.
There is something within that compels me to paint. The beauty that the world displays calls to me. Light and color are the usual elements that trigger a strong emotional response within me. I strive to create paintings that elicit the same emotional response in the people who see them. We live in a stressful and complex society – I hope that my paintings can provide a source of serenity and simplification.