I paint contemporary southwest landscapes, which allows me to combine my great love of the the southwest and the outdoors. It provides my outlet for my love of, and need to, draw and paint and to hike. In each activity I am fully present and engaged. I tend to sketch outside, take notes & photos as I hike around experiencing the landscapes. While informed by my explorations outdoors, these are studio paintings. I start with observations and inspirations from being in the landscape. As the paintings take shape they often their own needs and I am open to that; taking them where they need to go.
While making these paintings I engage in a dialog with the landscape as well as a dialog with other artists, current and historic, whose visions excite, challenge, goad, and inspire me whether it is David Hockney, Loraine Stephanson, Fairfield Porter, Richard Diebenkorn or Lois Dodd. My paintings are contemporary landscape paintings of the American West that reflect the terroir, the sound, light and energy that is uniquely southwestern.