Not since my college years, when I majored in painting and sculpture, have I been so excited about bringing images to life on canvas. During my business career, by necessity, my artistic energies often took other avenues. But now that I am again fully engaged in painting, I am very grateful for my creative gifts and sincerely hope that you find my efforts enjoyable.
Using acrylics on canvas, I paint what would be considered representational art, rather than anything purely abstract. However, I often begin with natural or seemingly random techniques, like splashes, sprays, salt resists, or applying paint with foil, tissues, and even cheese cloth. I then study these initial efforts, looking for the final image I can reveal with more traditional brush and detail work. Kind of like looking at clouds in the sky and seeing pictures in them.
At other times, I already have an idea of what I want and start out more traditionally, with sketches, color washes, etcetera. I have always painted images that come to my mind, rather than working from an actual scene or location, although elements of real locations may also be incorporated.
I really enjoy showing the effects of light - grey days, twilight, sunrise, sunset, strong shadows, etcetera. Feelings of mood, fantasy, and mystery are what I try to portray - After all, itís in my head, right?