I have been painting most of my adult life, and studied various painting mediums with master painters. After working five years with Madeleine Fu, a protégé of the internationally acclaimed Chang Dai Chen, I painted extensively in Chinese Brush. Then I turned to traditional watercolors and subsequently to pastels. With pastels I discovered the joy and necessity of painting en plein air. But it is oil painting that eventually won my heart and where I remain.
In oils I have been inspired by colorists Sergei Bongart, Charles W. Hawthrone and Henry Hensche and have been fortunate to study the teachings of these masters with Jeanette Le Grue and Camille Przewodek.
I paint from life, whether I'm working en plein air on a landscape or in my studio on a still life. I feel direct observation is the only way to truly experience the richness and diversity of the colors before me.
When I'm painting on location, I'm focusing on the effects of light and atmosphere. These elements create the colors and mood of a scene. Because I spend hours at a time immersed in the landscape before me, I receive a visceral reaction to my surroundings. This is the magic of working en plein air. It is the chance to capture more than what is physically seen, a chance to paint the heart and soul of the scene.
I think painting is similar to composing music: placing one note next to another to create beautiful harmonies. I paint not by perceiving objects but by seeing notes of color as they lay one next to another.
Painting is a process of exploration and a spiritual practice. It is challenging, thrilling and humbling. I feel blessed to be doing exactly what I'm meant to do. Many of my finest moments have been while painting.
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
Sebastopol Center for the Arts