Artist Statement
Purple Sky painting detail

My paintings on this site are divided into four categories atmospheres, abstract landscapes, recent work and treescapes. Each body of work has a different raison d’etre; therefore there is a difference in the artist statements.

 Atmospheres and Landscapes. These abstract paintings are inspired by the aging stone in eroding walls, buildings and other structures. I see things in the stone surface – an abstract landscape, an atmosphere, other worlds. I imagine the destruction the stone surface has experienced from years of exposure to the changing environment.

I feel this work resonates with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which celebrates the beauty in imperfection and the acceptance of the decay that time, weather and nature leave behind. I see the beauty in the aging stone and try to convey that in my paintings.

Recent Work. As an abstract artist, I am drawn to the relationship between water, sky and earth. My recent work is inspired by the peaceful, yet rugged, terrain of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. A combination of their moors, majestic cliffs, rocky green hillsides, grey skies, calm lakes, fog, rough seas and distant mountains create a transcendental experience for me. There is an overwhelming influence of blue/grey and green/yellow everywhere, peppered with deep browns and creamy whites in the vistas of the Outer Hebrides. Their ever-changing skies give way to a constant play of light and dark upon the earth and water.

Treescapes. For many years I have photographed trees in the late fall and throughout the winter. Now I paint what I have seen. I am attracted to the stark lines and the texture of the trees and how they look against a grey sky and in the snow. There is a visceral feeling I experience with the leafless trees and I try to communicate that in my paintings, whether it is a single tree or an entire forest. My treescapes are moody and contemplative. Some of the paintings invite you to walk through the trees while others stand as sentries preventing you to go no further.

My Process. For all of my paintings, I work with oil on canvas, using primarily oil sticks, palette knives, scrapers and any tools that give me the texture and surface I want. With some of my paintings, I start with a ground of ceramic stucco to increase the tactile quality. I build layers of paint until the painting develops a rich history and texture. I want the viewer to see the artist’s hand in my work. I try to court the unexpected and allow the process to reveal or uncover what is there.

I think of all of my paintings as peaceful and otherworldly with a sense of mystery.