I have always had a compulsion to make things with my hands; wooden boats, ships in bottles, unusual picture frames. Seeing interesting and beautiful objects inspires me to create my own art, particularly paintings and drawings. I strive to combine formal elements including color, composition, and light to create an enticing visual statement.
In choosing subjects that are interesting and dynamic, I try to create pieces that invite the viewer to participate in the experience. My frames that house my paintings are strong partners in the visual combination of picture and architecture. I select local and unique woods to construct my frames.
Most of my paintings are acrylic on board, but I supplement my art with charcoal, pastel, chalk, watercolor, and oil paint in various combinations. For the last ten years my work has been based on my experiences as a fly fishing guide, painting mostly riverscapes and fishing clients.
'More recently, I have been painting and drawing bison. They are a dynamic and powerful icon and link to the past. I try to capture their wildness in my work. Also I find myself working with minimum brush and stroke work. I take inspiration from ancient pictograph and petroglyphs. Currently, I'm working on some interior scenes inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Brightly colored with loose, line work.
Just as there is a very wide range of profound and meaningful experience in music and literature, this scope is inherent in the visual arts. Color, line, and form on a two-dimensional surface can generate and communicate ideas and become metaphor with multiple layers of meaning.
If one is open to new experience and a multitude of visual ideas, well-crafted works that contain deep cultural meanings can stimulate and enrich in profound ways.
The form and underlying purpose of much of my painting is contained in the orchestration of various "rendering modes". Creating works that meaningfully bring together these rendering modes allows me a place or stage where I can explore deep feelings, relationships. thoughts, dreams, and all possibilities of imaginings. When I see the many ways diverse cultures and peoples communicate visual ideas, it only seems natural for me to juxtapose, mix and contrast these means on the painting surface. I love to design compositions that create visual energy on many levels and enhance metaphor.
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