I was born in Columbus, Ohio and became interested in art and painting at a
young age. In 1976 I received a BFA in painting with honors from Bowling Green
State University. I was determined to move "out west", first to Tucson Arizona,
then to Seattle in 1978.
I saw the mountains and the remaining wilderness as an extension of the culture
here. I wanted to describe our changing relationship with the mysterious country
beyond the suburbs. The quiet spirituality of the Northwest School and the
colorful rugged landscapes of the Canadian Group of Seven were new
discoveries. I have been inspired and influenced by many artists, including
Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, and Emily Carr. My love for the outdoors led me
to the subjects of my art.
I work from sketches made both on site and from memory in order to emphasize
interpretation over literal realism. I portray my subjects by describing their core
aspects. Beginning with a pared-down arrangement of contrasting shapes, I
allow the process of color mixing and brushwork to dictate the final outcome.
The finished works are colorful expressions of the essential forms that inspire me.
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