About the Artist
My artistic style, techniques and skills are entirely self-taught, though I have taken studio classes, and have always valued interaction with other artists, as well as the inspiration that comes from seeing how others create, and what I can learn from their experiences. Over the years and at various times, I have studied the techniques of the Northern European andItalian masters, the Hudson River School painters, American Western artists, and contemporary masters of realism and fantasy from around the world.
My style is realism. However, because I like to work at a fast pace, I have a tendency to become bored with a painting after a few weeks, so most of my pieces are completed in a relatively short time. To support my style of realistic detail, I have developed the use of tools and techniques thatallow me to create what may appear to be intricate detail that doesn’t require extreme amounts of time to achieve. This also involves constant experimentation; in every painting there is an experiment or two behind the finished product.The subjects of my paintings are quite varied. In my early days, the subjects were mostly landscapes, with an occasional wildlife piece. Over the years I have become interested in seascapes, architecture, cityscapes, still-life, portraiture, figurative art, and fantasy. I consider myself a student of all genres. Regarding the last one, some of my favorite artists arepainters of fantasy and sci-fi; in my own art, some of my landscapes are entirely imaginary, occasionally interspersed with elements of real places. In the realm of figurative subjects and portraiture, I enjoy capturing candid moments that suggest the interest or emotion of the individual. My still-life subjects tend to be unconventional, such as a pair of shoes, an antique tool, or a detail from a boat.My work has appeared in many local, national and international exhibitions, and has won a number of awards. My paintings are contained in many private collections.