My oil paintings in the field and studio are inspired by intriguing compositions, mood and atmosphere in the landscape. My style involves carefully planned drawings, a reliance on sketches and studies painted in nature to inform studio work, and a treatment of light and atmosphere reminiscent of 19th Century artists working in the uniquely American Hudson River School and Luminist traditions. Evidence of a human presence is often absent or subordinated in my landscapes.
I am a self-trained artist who relies on rigorous daily practice in drawing and painting as part of my process. I sketch and paint regularly in nature (en plein air). My field work usually involves applying a lot of paint quickly to attain accurate color, values, and forms while seeking specificity in my scene or subject. I then refine those ideas as time permits with a focus on atmosphere and achieving depth.
My work in the studio evolves from graphite composition sketches, field studies (paintings and drawings) and photographs. Studio paintings are generally more contemplative with carefully rendered underpaintings and layers of glazing to achieve a luminous mood and atmosphere.
2012 Award of Merit, 31st Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show, Gainesville, Florida
2012 FAFO Ocala Arts Festival Award of Distinction, Ocala, Florida
2012 Award of Honor, Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, Florida
2013 Award of Distinction, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, Florida
2013 Award of Excellence, Lake Wales Art Festival, Lake Wales, Florida
Selected Permanent Collections
College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida
University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities
Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art; Edited by Linda Young, Leelanau Press, 2013.
“Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes,” October 2013-January 2014, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan.