Artist's Statement

"I love how light can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary"

I have been painting for over forty years and I can honestly say I still love it. For me, painting is more than just recording a scene. I try to capture that glorious moment when light brings the scene to life. I hope my love of the land comes through in my art. Living in the foothills of the Rockies gives me easy access to spectacular scenery. I have visited some of my favorite places over fifty times and I still find something new and challenging to paint. Mountain light and the mountain climate can be quite dynamic. It is often a challenge to paint outside on location but also something I believe is important. I don’t want to just copy a photograph, I want to communicate what the special place means to me. I paint small studies and take photographs to use as reference for larger paintings that I do in my studio.

I have painted in several mediums but acrylic paints are what I always return to. I use a technique where I start with warm colors of transparent paint and gradually add more realistic colors. This way of painting helps me capture the glow of nature’s light.