Artist Statement

The soft sound of the wind moving through the pines; the power of sunlight peeking through the trees; the faint sound of a single exclusive distant bird; the temperature, and the pure clean smell of nature. These moments call me to protect our environment. What I observe in nature becomes the hub of the painting that tells the story I want you to hear.

My influences include master artists, C.M. Russel, Carl Rungus, Bob Kuhn and some of today’s great painters, John Seerey-Lester, Terry Isaac, John Banovich, Scott Christensen. Nature, however is my greatest influence. It is a privilege to support wildlife and conservation with my art.

I pursue reference material year round. I live in an area that provides wildlife experiences first hand and I travel the country to expand my view. It is vital and enlivening to see wildlife in their habitat. When I do, I feel the excitement and inspiration for each piece. I allow all of my senses to bring the animal to life on canvas.

My work is representational with a slight impressionistic edge. I set the mood by playing with background color, and using the pastel like a big loose brush. I add layers of pastel color to bring out the light in the scene and the spirit of the animal.

Recent Artwork

“The soft sound of the wind moving through the pines; the power of sunlight peeking through the trees; the soft sound of a single exclusive distant bird; the temperature, and the pure clean smell of nature.

It is all of these particular moments that make it essential for us to protect our environment. What I see in nature is the base that holds the painting together, and tells the story.”