The journey from seeing to interpreting takes many turns. The energy generated when I encounter a specific subject is eventually channeled in its unique way.
Nature is the primary inspiration for my work. Though not divorced from outside influences, my paintings primarily take cues from my surroundings. Often work is based on a familiar scene or object, seen freshly on a new day, in a different light or changed season. Other times, insight gained from earlier paintings organically finds its way into the new work, this fresh perspective unearthing a richer understanding of the subject matter. Pieces become catalysts as I continue to explore what drew me to a particular place, scene, or object.
When beginning a painting I act first from inspiration. Preliminary sketches are usually a few lines. I don’t consciously plan a painting based on rules of composition or color. Those elements are a natural part of the creative process and work themselves seamlessly into a new painting.
I work out of my studio in Syracuse, NY. Oil on linen is my primary medium. Over the past few years I have also created art on my iPad. Creating digital art has opened up a new way to explore ideas, to play and to share work.