I am inspired by dramatic lighting in the landscape. I make careful observations about the light, and resulting shadows, noting how it influences the colors I see before me. Because I am always looking for ways to push the color, I exaggerate and expand the barest hint of color I see in nature. Through the use of rich, warm and cool colors, and by manipulating the interplay of darks and lights, I am able to express, through my paintings, the beauty that is around me.
Although I do some plein air painting, I am primarily a studio painter. The time I spend outdoors hiking or painting is a process of observation, gathering and recording information to use in my studio painting. In the quiet of my studio, and with the luxury of time, I use my references, memory and imagination to develop larger more thoughtful paintings.
I am completely devoted to the medium of soft pastel. It’s the direct contact with the paper, the buttery softness of the sticks, the lushness of the colors, and all the techniques this medium allows me to explore, that captivates me. I work on UART 500...