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Contemporary Plein Air
My surroundings have always influenced my outlook on life and enjoying a connection with nature has been a lifelong pursuit. Nature reveals the presence of God and I see the hand of a loving Creator everywhere. My passion and desire for Him inspires my work and my worship. Faith in Him has helped me respond with joy and freedom to my own creative voice. He is the eternal "Yes".
I have been called an expressionist and a colorist because I do not subscribe to a literal view of the landscape but use design and color as a means of expressing light and space.
The term ”plein air”, coined by the French Impressionists, refers to painting out of doors; meeting the natural world on its own terms. It is my favorite way to work but can be painting at its most raw, pitting artist against the elements, extreme weather, and wildlife.
Evidence of frozen hands dragging stiff paint over the surface of a panel, marks in the paint made by rain, or grit blown into the paint layer by wind, this is plein air. In spite of conditions, working outside is its own reward. Dramatic settings and changing weather add depth to the experience as well as to the work. I have painted in the freezing wind overlooking the harbor of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and in the sunshine at Morro Bay; both were unforgettable.
Any day painting out is a good day.
Though primarily a plein air painter, I create studio works inspired by direct observation and developed from sketches and studies done in the landscape. I have been influenced by painters of the American West and Canada, where plein air work has a great tradition, but also by the Expressionist painters of the early 20th century.
I have lived and painted all over the Western US, as well as British Columbia and the great province of Newfoundland, Canada. Currently, I reside in Colorado, where I am as easily found in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range as I am among the industrial buildings of Alamosa, Colorado. The best part is being in it - living an inspired connection.
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