My work explores the world that I see, the things, objects, and people in that world. The newest pieces blend my landscapes together with my early interest in the human figure. I’ve always sought to emulate nature, not to reproduce it as a camera would, but to understand the how and what of the image in front of me.
I believe Thurber was correct when he suggested that the noblest study of mankind is Man (the species, not the gender). The closest a painter may come to this study is surely the human being. Where people are not available to the artist, then the landscapes that formed them must stand as model.
While I love using traditional oil or acrylic paints, I find pastel gives me the freedom to make new and different marks, marks that are not readily available when using a brush.
Seeking to broaden my range of media, I started to look at what could be done using acrylics. The return to liquid paint led to a new balance in my work, opening new routes for exploration.
If a piece comes easily, often it’s too easy. My best work usually follows when I have to think, adapting and pulling things back into line, when I have to fight every step of the way.