My earliest memories are of the beauty of the land. Although my family’s roots are in the Midwest, I grew up in diverse geographic areas. Art was a language that remained constant. I was in high school in Iowa when I discovered Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper, and my concept of landscape painting changed forever. I have also been influenced by the transcendental thinking of the mid-1800s, particularly Emerson and Thoreau, and the recognition in art of the sublime in nature.
In my painting I am trying to articulate a vision that incorporates these traditional aspects of landscape painting with a contemporary sensibility. Technically and metaphorically I am interested in relative value. I want to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
I would like to express my gratitude to my framily, who support and inspire me, to my companions in the Oak Group, and to all those who have shared my vision.