“There is something so captivating about drawing life! No matter how long I’ve been drawing, I’m still amazed to watch a flat piece of paper or canvas come alive!! It’s as if life has been breathed into the work and I can feel the subject’s presence. Even in my recent paintings of colorful bottles, the exhilaration is there when the bottle begins to emerge three dimensionally. I can feel the smooth, cool texture of the glass and the warmth of the light passing through into shadows. The journey to the end result gives me such a rush that I hurry back to do it all over again!”
As a person who takes the road less traveled, every painting is an experiment, an exercise in visual problem solving. My goal is to create a harmonious composition of variation, texture, movement, light and dark, repetition and balance; similar to a musical composition.
The themes I explore are rooted in everyday items and spaces we interact with. Objects that inhabit our living spaces or the cityscapes / landscapes we traverse through daily without much consideration. These spaces and objects are expressed using the natural opposition related to near/far, light/dark spaces and the shapes they inherently describe.
For as long as I can remember I have been an artist. I simply love to draw, paint, build and create. I have an affinity for all things scientific, mathematical and natural. To me it is enjoyable to try and visually capture the essence of how nature, science and spirituality all blend together at times. While my work often has a story to tell it is more important to me, to simply create something that is colorful, stimulating and pleasant for me, as well as my viewer to look at and enjoy.
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.