My paintings are about the journey and the expresssion of a chosen moment in time. I hope my paintings elicit feelings of warmth, cheerfulness and comfort, also reflecting the beauty and complexity of what I observe and feel about those moments.
Capturing an effect is capturing the emotion of a place, recognition, and a feeling that one can identify with what the artist was trying to record. To make you see what I have seen is part of my objective; but to have you feel what I have felt is the ultimate goal.
I am mainly a pastel artist and have been producing paintings for over 35 years. Originally painting in oils and acrylics, about 20 years ago pastels became my passion. Just recently, I started painting in oil again, and love doing them. I produce somewhere between 45 to 75 paintings per year in sizes ranging from 3" x 4" to 36" x 48" and have been selling 40 to 50 per year. The paintings are mostly landscapes with a few still life and nudes sprinkled in.
I am essentially a self-taught artist, but in recent years, I have found many talented art teachers and studied as often as possible with them. I have supplemented my studies by reading books on technique and inspiration by many fine artists of our time. My love of art has grown stronger as I focused on the study of nature and how light evokes feelings of happiness and nostalgia. I hope my paintings immediately recall to you places you have been and enjoyed and hope to someday visit again.
The inspiration for my art comes from a love of nature and outdoor activity, whether planting flowers, roaming the Blue Ridge mountains or a beach. Many of my paintings include scenes from the North Georgia Toccoa River and Blue Ridge Mountains region, although I do include scenes from other places I have visited. I believe my paintings convey the wonderful experience of living in Georgia and the Southeastern United States....