I look forward to getting to know you through one of my passions, painting. It’s surprising how much painting reveals about a person, both the one who creates the painting, and the one who appreciates its beauty. So, if you’re interested in my work, then we have a common thread.
I paint nature because it is thrilling to see the variety in moves, poses, colors, and contexts that our earth offers. Light brings my images to life. Plein air light – being out there with the elements, is best, though it poses some constraints. Outside, nothing stands still, so you have to work quickly and simply. For animals, working from a photo is usually necessary – they don’t like to pose. Here my history with animals, not just my cats, helps. For years I raised orphan creatures in upstate New York – raccoons, possums, squirrels, all sorts of birds and even skunks (briefly!). That work gave me enormous respect for the intelligence and survival instincts of all animal life. Perhaps I should extend that urge to live plants, which struggle to flourish in their own way. I look forward to painting for you, and along our common thread of life-loving, world-loving art.
mediums: acrylic and oil paint, charcoal, pastels