b. Whittier, CA, 1945
Education: U.C. Santa Barbara
BA Fine Arts with Honors, 1967
MFA Painting, 1969
I love nature and being outdoors, but I am not a plein air painter. Oddly enough, I find painting outdoors is distracting—taking me away from the creative process. I end up ‘copying’ rather than exploring and discovering.
Nature has done it all so well that I am not compelled to ‘compete’ with her beauty, or try to record my visual experience.
The studio is a neutral environment where I concentrate completely on having a ‘dialog’ with the painting—one-to-one—no radio, no music, no distractions.
I create parallel to nature. I am searching for those qualities that are beneath the surface—both in nature and in me: being, myself, a part of nature. I want to make the invisible visible.
So what is it I am looking for: Energy, rhythm, power, poetry, the unexpected, the wild—above all…the ‘music’ of life.