All of my treescapes are done from the resources of memory and imagination. Many of my compositions are the result of a general memory from my youth or a more specific reflection of a scene I have recently viewed. In both cases all of my treescapes are done without the aid of photography or any other mechanical device. Use of memory alone allows the true essence of a visual moment to come forth.
I am the sole creator of the painting on display. My pastel paintings are executed on Museum archival Wallis pastel paper which I tone with a pastel wash. This allows me to work in the midtone values and colors first and then move to the darks and finish with the highlights. Quickly working from large to smaller shapes I alternate complex and simplified layers until I have the atmosphere I’m looking for. My oil painting technique is the exact same process, although the nature of this wet medium causes the creative process to move at a slower pace.
I have had the privilege of painting on location all across the United States as well as abroad. But, now I primarily work out of my studio, situated in the middle of a forty acre stand of white oak trees, where the peace and quiet of nature provides much of the inspiration. When asked about the appeal of my work, I really think it all goes back to the importance of people. The people in my life produce joy in my soul and that joy and energy is reflected in my work.