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.