As an illustrator, I've always created
art to fit others needs. Painting, however, offers me the opportunity
to create for myself, to allow others to see how I perceive life
around me, and to totally escape from the real world for awhile.
I enjoy painting outdoors and working quickly. It keeps my paintings
fresh and spontaneous. I especially like to paint as much of
the open space that I can, as it seems to be rapidly disappearing.
When painting outdoors, en plein air, I
must work quickly due to the changing light. Therefore I have
a limited palette of four to seven colors. This orderly layout
also enables me to mix clean, fresh color.
I try to find subject matter that fascinates
me. Nature provides the perfect balance of shape, value and color
- the three elements that I find most important in painting.
It can be so satisfying and I feel blessed for that.
Gregory Peck once said, 'I love my God,
my wife, my family, and my job. I am the damn luckiest man on
earth.' As someone who gets to paint for a living, that pretty
much says it all for me.