Artist Statement

Artist Statement

While my formal education in studio art prepared me with traditional and contemporary painting techniques, it was only after graduation that I took my paints outside and had to begin all over again. Through practiced observation, refresher courses, specialized gear, stamina, and the ability to handle discomfort, weather, and creatures large and small, I became dedicated to Plein Air painting. After fifty years at it, I now combine plein air work with studio sessions experimenting with abstractions of landscapes and seascapes.

Any time I paint a landscape or seascape I have to connect myself spiritually to the land, water, and sky to translate that essence without distracting detail. My goal is to hold the time and place and evoke a sense of being there, which feels almost magical when the painting 'comes to life.’ Referred to by one critic as 'traditional art with a contemporary flair,' my paintings are inspired by an enduring love of nature.