I have always been drawn to the beauty of the natural world. When I paint landscapes, water or flowers and see the subject before me, I feel a part of something that moves me deeply. I enjoy painting still life too as a discipline for developing powers of observation in a contrived environment of my own making.
Watercolor is my main medium primarily because it’s transparency allows me to give my paintings a sense of air and light. Color- pigment mixed with the basic elements of air and water- seems to radiate and glow on paper.
The shapes and colors present in nature interest me most. My ultimate goal is to recreate the subject matter before me (trees, flowers, water or mountains) using a minimum of color and brushstrokes. The landscapes of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse inspire me; I’m drawn to the masterly way they use vibrant color and simple shapes to “build” their subject matter. While I don’t mimic their colors exactly, I have been influenced by the palette and color theory of the Impressionists.
I studied art in college but stopped painting for over 35 years. Picking up a paint brush after all those years has been a pure joy and delight ! I hope to share these same feelings with the viewer through my artwork.