Oil on canvas paintings:
Some people are saying that they have so much time on their hands and are getting more work done than ever. I don’t find that to be true with me. I’m finding it hard to stay motivated when my galleries are closed and they are not begging for more pieces and there will not be openings for who knows how long. I know I’m lucky to be a visual artist who can keep working when I can kick myself into action. Usually I need to hit the road to see new and exciting things to paint. Now I’m scouring old photos for inspiration. That’s not bad. It’s just different. I’ve got thousands.
Having been an art teacher, woodcarver and a printmaker in my formative years, I emerged as a painter, joyously overwhelmed by color and searching for pattern. Color and pattern are everywhere, but the seeing and interpretation of them are different for each of us. Pattern in nature is primal to me – which fuels my desire to find a glimmer of logic in vastly complicated, confusing and tumbled landscapes. I do also seek out the vibrant hues in landscapes.My oil paintings begin with a saturated red orange backdrop. This is overlaid with the main imagery, applied with distinct brushstrokes of brilliant color. Hints of the red background peek through like a woodcut, creating subtle impact without drawing attention away from the primary subjects.Several times a year I travel throughout the Southwest, hiking and photographing vistas for future paintings. The goal is to catch the light and design in these scenes in all its strangeness and beauty. It is a lofty goal, but I find when the quest is shepherded with paint and brush it is a delightfully daunting adventure.