|Biography from Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery:|
|Artist Statement, September 2007:|
I am fortunate to live in an area of natural beauty-the Missouri
Ozarks. I came here because I wanted to be able to walk out my
door and find inspiration ready at hand. I think that to be a
success in life, you need to figure out what moves you, then figure out
how to share that with the rest of the world. If you can do those
two things, you are a success regardless of being rich or poor, famous
I consider myself an impressionist painter. To
me, impressionism means taking inspiration directly from nature,
trusting what you see and feel rather than what you think you
know. It implies faithfully trying to capture the essence of a
person, place or time through the use of light. It is realism informed
by intuition. For me it is the best way to share the joy and beauty I
find in the natural world.
As a kid I drew all the time. Now I
paint whenever I can find the time. It gives me a way to respond to my
envirionment, and to communicate my view of things to others. I
especially enjoy teaching and working with people of all ages who are
looking for some creative support.
I graduated with a fine arts
degree from Stanford University in 1972. I began as a graphic
designer, gradually going into book publication and illustration.
During that time I began to take some workshops, and realized I was
heading back to my roots in painting.
Over the last twenty
years I've studied with top artists including Frank Webb, Robert E.
Wood, Millard Sheets, Zoltan Szabo,Carole Barnes, Harley Brown
(pastel), Kevin MacPherson and Matt Smith (oils). In 1983, after
having several one-man and group shows in the Denver area, I moved to
Willow Springs in the Southern Missouri Ozarks. Since then I have
continued to work in oils, pastels and watermedia. I presently divide
my time between painting and teaching workshops.
I am a
signature member of the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society
(NOAPS), a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and Oil Painters
of America, and an Artist Member of Tucson Plein Air Painters Society.
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