Three Farms - Pastel

Statement

It was inevitable really.  It was inevitable because of one enduring aspect of my life...travel and being being out of doors whenever possible.  It was in the cards that I would find artistic purpose through landscape painting.

But it's not just a pretty picture that I'm after.  My travels always leave me curious about all the available land  that exists out there with the sand, sage, snakes and such;   land with  little evidence of human activity.  The minute I leave the big city I find myself once again compelled to paint those great empty places which say so much to me about where I stand in the scheme of things.

I paint places without much in the way of human intervention.  I paint scraps of small towns or roads winding through small communities.  Sometimes, I just paint sage and creosote, pine or juniper.  For me it's all about isolation and solitude and clarity.

My favorite medium is soft pastel on black paper.  I like how the black paper enhances the colors and strokes I use to express what I see and feel.  These great open spaces ask that I work as large as possible and yet sometimes the small piece says as much as a large piece. Sometimes I stray on to canvas with acrylic and oil  simply because the medium innvites me to do so.