Artist Statement -

My work is representational and nature-based. Nature is my starting point, in both theme and color. Inspiration comes from the push of the land, the sweep of the field or water, the angles of the tree line. Motivation comes from local color with the light playing against it. Moving from a mode of realism towards abstraction helps to give my colors more expressive power. Some of the influences on my art have been the romanticism of Turner, the intense emotion of Van Gogh, the basic simplicity of Milton Avery, the intimacy and refinement of Georgia O’Keefe, the mystery and originality of Susan Rothenberg, and the startling effects of the luscious color combinations of Wolf Kahn.
Oils are my preferred medium, but I often paint en plein air with soft pastels - their portability makes for easier access to vistas. Often my landscapes are from peripheral glimpses that shimmer and grab my attention, and demand to be recorded. I work from a six color primary palette. I usually have a number of works in progress at any time; really, I spend more time interacting with the canvas, almost meditating with it, than I do actively painting on it; then the paint is applied loosely with brushes and high energy. I use a variety of brushstrokes and load the surface with several layers of colors which blend into wide, soothing color fields which are often punctuated with a bold area of accent. I think a work is finished when it can stand on its own and can impart a sense of intent and celebration when experienced by the viewer. My paintings capture the different times of the day, the changes of the season, some say “the soul of the moment”; they bring a quiet joy and a sense of retreat to those who own them; they are the way that I can share with others that portion of my life which I consider necessary and spiritual.

Artist Exhibitions

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL, 09
The Ventura County Maritime Museum, Oxnard, CA, 08
The Oil Museum, Santa Paula, CA, 08
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, 07
The Ventura County Maritime Museum,Oxnard,CA, 06
Hangar Gallery North, Santa Monica, CA, 05
Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga, CA, 04
The Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA, 04
Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Malibu, CA, 03
The Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, VA, 01
CorcoranAlumni/National Inst of Health, Bethesda MD, 00
The Howard County Cntr for the Arts, Ellicot City MD, 99
Arts Council of Richmond VA 96
Martha Mabey Gallery, Richmond VA 94
Cornell Museum, Winter Park FL 92
Delaplain Visual Arts Center 91
Coastal Exchange Show 89
Veerhoff Galleries, Washington DC 85...

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Artist Collections

Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, CA
Winston and Strawn, Washington, DC, New York, NY and Hong Kong, China
The Woodlawn Collection, Bethesda, MD
Condado Beach Holiday Inn, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
National Association of Letter Carriers, Reston, VA Virginia Properties/Richmond Relocation, Richmond, VA Media General, Richmond, VA
The Fine Arts Museum of Portsmouth, VA
Condado Beach Holiday Inn, San Juan, Puerto Rico
George Washington University Medical Center
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA
Georgetown University, Washington, DC...

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