My paintings, though based in the landscape tradition,
are cerebral and visceral explorations. They depart from pure realist
depictions of the world and move towards a more expressive sensibility.
By abstracting what I consider to be the elements of realism, form
and light, my work becomes an exploration of my feelings and thoughts,
reduced, distilled, and refined to the pure elements that engaged
a visual response from me. Each painting is a memory, a reflection
of my observations of nature and is a response to the trends in
the art world, especially in paintings over the last few decades.
My intention is to embrace the medium of painting,
its beauty and the layered meanings and symbolism that have been
prevalent in the past. Light and atmosphere are elements that are
important aspects of my work; they direct ones gaze into the
painting as well as create a sense of quiet meditation. Rather than
re-creating a landscape on canvas, I aim to express its essence.
I work on several paintings at a time which allows
me to transport strong elements and effective techniques from one
piece to the next. Each painting shares some details with the other
works in a given series. Ultimately, each piece captures some fragments
of the landscapes power.