Oil, Watercolor, Pastel
About the Artist
Visual experiences begin with light, and my intention is to portray the effects of light on the landscape. The California Impressionists, in whose tradition I follow, were determined to capture the true effects of light and its fleeting changes. Like them, I paint an “impression”, rather than fine detail, resulting in unfocused color and form creating the image.
The clear, intense California light is seen in my desert, mountain, and sea paintings. I also try to impart a sense of the solitude, spirituality, and lyrical creative beauty in the places I paint. With the advent of the digital camera, I do less “plein air” painting, and rely more on my personal photos and experience of a location to create studio works. I might use two or three photographs to make one image, or just part of a photo combined with on-site sketches. I like to explore the quiet, contemplative moods of nature, often using the long shadows and diminished light of early morning or late afternoon to express this.