The landscape is at the heart of my interests. It is my belief that nature and the experiences we have absorbed within nature are sustaining, essential to our human condition. On a personal level, without this connection I feel unsettled, disconnected from the lifeline of energy that connects all things. As a result, my work explores this connection, examining the landscape by way of transition, movement and energy, through color, composition and application of paint. I attempt to translate the essence of my personal experiences in nature while referencing the value and place the natural world has in our lives. The earth needs our attention and care and so through my efforts I attempt to create an awareness of the fine balance required to sustain life and beauty and love.
While I work largely from the memory, I do use photography to aid in recall and as a compositional starting point. Color decisions are made in the studio as a work evolves. My process is an exercise in meditation as the painting dictates direction. I find the process of creating a painting, a deeply personal journey. The process enriches my life experience, allowing me to feel engaged as I move forward with interest, enthusiasm and wonder.
My paintings have been included in such publications as “The Art of the Maine Winter”, “Art of Katahdin”, “The Art of Acadia” and “The Gettysburg Review”. Public collections include The Maine Coast Heritage Trust, The United States Department of the Interior, and The United States General Services Administration, M.C. Smith Federal Building.