Simply put, I paint because it makes me happy. If my journey through a painting ends in a piece that is pleasing to someone else, my joy multiplies exponentially! The act of creating is therapeutic for the soul so each painting offers me a chance to cure whatever ails me.
I begin each painting by liberating myself of the notion that it must be a masterpiece. Thus I have given myself license to enjoy the process and am allowed to be surprised by the outcome. Each blank canvas offers limitless possibilities and is quickly washed with an underpainting and raw sketch of the composition. Using a palette knife or brush, I apply many different layers of paint, building depth and texture with each thick stroke. My hope is that the delight and exuberance I feel while I paint is evident in the finished product and will ultimately create those feelings in someone who views and appreciates my work.
Beauty and inspiration for any art, whether it is music, literature or visual art, can be found in the most mundane, everyday objects; a rusty row of mailboxes, the gentle eyes of a cow, or a bouquet of flowers given as a gift. I admire realistic painters for their skill and patience, but I prefer to interpret a subject in a looser fashion, using vivid color and bold strokes to convey an impression rather than an exact copy.