My work reflects the desire to find beauty and peace in the landscape of today. Our world can be a hectic, chaotic place, where we forget to look at the gifts of beauty outside our windows and in our homes. I try to bring that beauty and peace back into focus by painting my Missouri landscapes and people as they relate to home and family stability.
I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas. Center stage in my art is the figure - an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I'm not in search of exact representation. I'm intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. These plus color, bring the emotion to the painting.
I believe that God gives each of us great gifts to enjoy on our life journey. Our challenge is to identify these gifts, use them in positive ways, and share them with others. My artwork is a celebration of one of these God given gifts. It is my hope that sharing this gift brings some level of joy to my fellow travelers.
Art provides the opportunity to capture and share the spirit and personality of a subject, whether animate or not. I like to isolate what seams common and recreate it in a different light, all the while, creating a source of emotion and cause for reflection from the viewer. In my travels and at home, the flavors of people that I encounter definitely inspire my work. I am also lucky to have the beauty of the Ozarks as subject matter any time I wish!