Having grown up in an urban/suburban setting outside of Cleveland, Ohio, I have always craved open, undeveloped natural landscapes. For the past 20 years I've been lucky to live in rural Connecticut and Maine, where the natural world is ever present.
Moving to New England inspired me to begin painting, so I could capture on canvas my impressions and feelings about this beautiful part of the world.
The landscapes I am intrigued by are full of color and light, of lines and shadows and of sky. I am especially drawn to the sculptural shapes and lines and varied colors of all trees from birches to sycamores. I am moved to represent them because of my continual fascination with their multifaceted qualities.
My paintings have been described as "kinetic and bold" and "vibrating with color and movement." I paint both on site and from my imagination, sometimes using both techniques for one piece. I love to apply color thickly and am not afraid to break aesthetic conventions.
My work is also informed by a spiritual dimension. When I am in the process of creating, I am connecting with something beyond myself: large, eternal and benevolent. Because this dimension abides in nature all around me, I am continually pushed to portray my impressions of it on canvas.
My influences range from the Impressionists, Thomas Hart Benton, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven painters, to Charles Burchfield and Marsden Hartley.