ber, and when I was 11 or so I did a painting of it. It
the work is accomplished fairly quickly, the work
looked lonely to me and I tried to make the painting
seems to paint itself. Other times I keep searching
of it feel that loneliness. It was the first time I realized
and working to refine a painting and I will return to
a painting could express a feeling.
it again and again. I have a few paintings that have work on them spanning several decades. It doesn’t
3. Where does your inspiration to create art comes from?
seem to matter if the work is a large format oil or a small pastel, they are complete when they speak to me. I don’t attempt to recreate nature or tell a story. I
My inspiration may partially come from a need I have
make paintings that come from nature but are reliant
always had to create images that compel me. Na-
on painting strategies and good art practices rather
ture, the earth I live on, has always been the greatest
than the tyranny of a real place.
source of inspiration for me. The beauty and drama of it is always there. Painting feels like an exploration of new country, places that I have never been seen before. I use my feelings and nature as raw materials
7. What artistic styles and artistic movements do you see portrayed in your art?
to get inspiration. But inspiration is only a part of it.
I came of age in the 50s and 60s. Abstract Expres-
Most of it is the hard work of painting. Inspiration is
sionism was still prominent, and it fired my imag-
only the beginning.
ination. Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, and Mark Rothko especially had a big impact on me. The
4. Which of your painting has left the biggest mark within you?
concept of simply expressing oneself by making marks has always had a powerful hold on me. It is from this group of artists, especially as taught by
I don’t think there is any one painting I have done
Hans Hoffman, who taught each new painting should
that has left a singular big mark within me. It may
be a new endeavor, reinventing the wheel with each
have been one of the first small pastels I did. I found
new work, that I discovered the work of Wolf Kahn. I
the dynamic color and nature of soft pastels, which
love impressionism, Turner, Bonnard, perhaps Monet
are pure pigment, let me express myself in a new
most of all. In the late 70s I discovered the work
way. It was a breakthrough for me.
of Wolf Kahn, he is an amazing artist who melds abstraction and landscape into works of art that can take your breath away. He has been my primary
5. If your paintings could talk, what would they
influence ever since.
say about the artist within you? If my paintings could speak they would say “Here is my world. Colors speak in the silence of possibilities.
8. What do you want to transmit with your art?
Light moves freely here, illuminating all. You can rest
I have aspired to create paintings that evoke an
your mind and eyes here”.
emotional tone and response in the viewer using the elements of the landscape and the movement of color to create a gestalt on the paper or canvas or
6. What has been the longest time you have dedi-
whatever surface I am working on. I want my paint-
cated to a painting?
ings to be more than the sum of the elements of a
Every painting or pastel I do is different. Sometimes
landscape. I want the viewer to be able to enter my
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