About The Artist
I am an oil painter, mostly landscapes and still life. I am inspired by the life around me, colors, shapes, shadows and light. Nature offers a constantly shifting variety on all of these levels and is a main subject for me as a result. This year I focused on portraits, most of which I have either happily given away or sold. I continue to be inspired by the masters, Manet, Picasso and Van Gogh in particular. Mostly I just paint for hours on end, completely absorbed, unaware of the passing of time.
After loving to draw, I thought that would be the end of it, but 10 years ago, while living part-time in Mexico, I took a painting class from a wonderful Canadian teacher named Donna Dixon. Donna told me about Carol Marine who helped me let go of painting too much detail, instead painting the general not the specific, shapes not things. I’ve also studied with Dennis Perrin, Tim Horn and Aimee Erickson, all of whom taught me the skills of mixing values to get the results I seek. It’s always a challenge and I’m always learning.