My nature related paintings typically depict landscapes and flora. Both the intimate view and the vast landscape scene are appealing to me. I strive to achieve not just a recognizable image of a particular area but a rendering of the light, air, smells and sounds of being outdoors and experiencing nature.
Pastel and oil paint are the two mediums I prefer to work in. When using pastel I use the side of the stick which produces a more "painterly stroke" than a linear stroke. Many of my "plein air studies" are done in oil paint. These studies, along with photographs, become the reference material for more developed pastel pieces. My interest in an expressive and sincere way of painting combines with the desire to realistically show the effects of light on objects. The local landscape provides an endless source of inspiration for my work but I also enjoy painting in state or national parks and nature conservancy areas. I look for scenes where nature has been "unmanaged" in addition to cultivated gardens.
I am motivated 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.