Landscapes and Figures have been my primary focus for the last several years mainly because I spend most of my time working in the green industry designing and building outdoor environments.
I develop my paintings from sketches, photos and meditations within nature. As I decide subject matter, I'll work from an array of studies I've compiled in the field and in doing so I look for that Ah Ha moment that comes through the creative process. When this occurs I feel myself getting into that "zone" where all my instincts in nature pour out of me and into the painting. Drawing in charcoal works as a natural foundation in beginning a piece, and as I go along, color and harmony seem to find there way into my work as if I wasn't in control anymore. For me, that's the most satisfying aspect of my work.
I received my BFA in 1989 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and I currently work as a Landscape Architect.