A relative latecomer to the world of art, I had barely even picked up a paintbrush before my mid 30’s. Then, almost on a whim, I decided to enroll in classes at Mission Renaissance Fine Art Studios near my home in Pasadena California. I quickly became absorbed in the fundamental techniques of drawing and painting, and I have been passionate about the process of creating art ever since. I actively seek out beauty wherever it may be found; tapping both the urban and the natural world as sources of inspiration. Childhood camping trips to the Sierra Mountains instilled in me a love of the natural world. The dramatic California scenery left a lasting impression, and I have often returned to the eastern Sierras for the subject matter and to reconnect with nature. In addition to the many locations I paint in and around the LA area, I have traveled with my painting gear to such places as Joshua Tree National Park, Tucson Arizona, and Cache Valley Utah.
I create art as a way of expressing the beauty that I find in the world around me. Whether I’m looking at a dramatic mountain vista or a humble city sidewalk, I believe that beauty can be found anywhere. As an artist, my job is to stay open to the experience of beauty and to seek it out wherever I happen to be.
For me, each painting that I take on is a labor of love. I paint scenes that strike some chord of beauty in my own heart, and I strive to convey that beauty on the canvas. If my work connects the viewer with a moment of simple truth, then I have done my job as an artist.
Painting for me is both tremendously rewarding and a never-ending challenge. No matter what milestones I reach as an artist, there will always be room for more growth. I am constantly pushing myself to develop my artistic technique and deepen my understanding of artistic principles. Each new scene offers an opportunity to either try something new or to improve on something I have done before.