I am in awe of nature and strive to capture the variations of light at different times of the day in my landscape paintings. For example, I may focus on how light strikes the side of a tree, creates interesting shadows on the ground or alters colors. Pastel and oil paint are the two mediums I prefer to work in. My preference is to work plein air and both of these mediums allow me to do that.
When working with pastels, I use the side of the pastel stick to produce a stroke that is more painterly than linear, preferring soft edges. When oil painting, I use a limited palette and work from thin to thick applications of paint. Even though my paintings have been called "photographic", the majority of my work is done from life rather than photographs. My interest in an expressive and sincere way of painting combines with the desire to show the effects of light on objects.
I am inspired to make art in order to share my love of the natural world with others and to heighten their awareness of the environment. My hope is that the viewer will experience the power, solace and spiritual qualities that exist in the complex workings of nature.