I paint nature because I enjoy carefully observing flora and fauna. Each painting is a journal entry of my life, marking a specific experience on a particular day and time.
My painting technique involves building-up areas of color and value through the application of thin layers of transparent oil paint. This way I achieve a rich textured surface, vibrant with color. I love to play with complementary colors, surprising the eye with the unexpected.
I begin most paintings en plein air, but I take reference photos for fine-tuning and finishing the painting later in the studio. In the studio, I can step back from the immediacy of the painting experience and address more academic principles of art; balancing and contrasting colors and shapes and line.
Vermont, Lake Champlain
Tangier Island Workboat
Carol and Joe Friend's Home
For this series, I wanted a fresh approach to painting the hackneyed flower. I oversized the flowers and intentionally cropped them to break out of the picture plane.
Using vivid colors and layers of glazing I treated them more as sculptural and abstract elements, taking them to another realm beyond pretty yet mundane flowers.
Lady Slipper Orchid
Small Yellow Flower
Water Lily Pads
When creating a portrait, I try to find an unusual and intimate approach to the subject. Maybe it's the angle of the head, the crop of the features or an unexpected color that helps to bring life and add vibrancy to my interpretation of the subject.
The Artist at 60
Bob's Heart's Desire
A Good Friend
Collage is art work made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
I use this ancient technique in the contemporary world of electronic media; combining and manipulating original photographs into dramatic and unique images. Chance associations of disparate visual elements and the subsequent images suggest a new and richer reality.
My current series, West meets East, is created from images shot over the past eight years during many trips to China and Southeast Asia. The richly detailed and textured images show the contrast of chaos and harmony represented in these great Asian civilizations.
All of these images are available as limited edition giclee prints.
Singapore: Exotic garden
Hanoi: Millennial City
Saigon: Time Eternal
MFA Art on Paper Exhibit, 3/20 - 4/19
My digital collage, Saigon: Time Eternal was selected for the National Juried Exhibition, Art on Paper.
Ha Long Bay: Cloud, water, life
Cambodia: Whispering Spirits
Cambodia: Khmer gods
Tibet: Calm Abiding
Hangzhou: Lotus leaves merge with weeping willow branches
Kuala Lumpur: Rain forest flock
Hong Kong: East west fusion
Beijing: Quotations from the chairman
China: Between two worlds
Working in graphite and black and white media has always been my first love. In college I was an intaglio major and even now I find myself gravitating to simple line making when I need to recharge my artistic self.
This drawing won an Honorable Mention at the Spring MFA Show and was shown at Creative Alliance in Baltimore.
Bo and Peep
Forest Primeval, I
This series of small drawings were started on snowy days last winter while sitting front of the fire.