Making art is an evolutionary process for me, growing and changing with my life experience, expectations, and intellectual growth. Art must have been rather like magic to early humans as they saw their world captured on a surface or watched a figure sculpted from a piece of stone or wood. Today our feelings and perceptions of the world continue to be influenced by works of art.
In my paintings, I try to manipulate the effects of light to create energy, movement, and the illusion of space. I like to paint just about anything including old objects that have outlived their original usefulness. Rusty tools, broken toys, and mysterious contraptions of unknown use and provenance have special appeal to me. Often they are wonderfully designed and easily reborn in still life arrangements of lines and curves.
I like to look for scenes of people at work and at play because the positive side of the human condition is good for the psyche. To see a figure in a composition immediately engages the viewer at a more personal level. The human form in all its variations is a never ending source of inspiration.
Capturing the movement of light over a landscape is an exciting challenge. I often paint en plein air which forces me to observe and analyze quickly, putting the paint down as rapidly as possible. If a painting is not finished on site, I will complete it in my studio with the help of my value sketches and reference photos.
Art is a common bond among all people. It somehow connects us to each other. It gives us pleasure and emotional stimulation. It is a stabilizing influence giving respite from the turbulence of the human condition. It provides both artist and viewer time to think about life, time to analyze, and time to redesign one's thinking with each new work. Art, in a way, is time itself made tangible.