I paint what I am close to, what is around me all the time – nature, our resources, food sources and the land under our feet, in a variety of ways, that we take so for granted. I feel compelled to depict our planet (albeit a small corner of it) while we still have it as we’ve known it – from a naturalist’s and painterly, not a romanticist’s perspective.
I have been producing three specific series paintings – Reflections, Barn Light and Food for Thought. These consist of observations of the often overlooked beauty in nature and the ordinary, what many people might prejudge as ugly, the abstractions we look at without seeing, found in places such as shadows and reflections in, under, and on water as well as landscapes in the same vicinities where I concentrate on the reflections.
Through observation, my focus is on drawing and painting in still life and landscapes. My influence has been the work of 15th -17th century Flemish artists for their exquisite clarity, depth and richness of color, light and detail.
The pragmatist has said of my work – there is ‘no virtue like necessity.’