A friend recently described my paintings as "the exhuberant expression of people engaged in life." Even when I paint a landscape without figures, I prefer to paint places that include bridges, farmhouses, bicycles, even roadsigns, all evidence of human activity.
I complete most of my paintings in the studio from reference sketches and photographs. I work only in oil, because I love the texture, and it is very forgiving if I make a drawing error. If the location allows, I will often complete a small en plein air study on site.
I prefer bright warm colors, the long shadows of late afternoon, and some challenge in the composition. I want to make a composition which is complex, so the viewer has much to contemplate. At the same time I often remove elements in the actual landscape if they don't work well with the composition. I might leave the trash out, but put in the newspaper boxes, because I like the bright colors and shapes. My paintings are thoughtful pictures of people engaged in living in a bright, colorful, changing world.