I primarily paint with oils on canvas and panel. My painting process is the same for portraiture and still life. The way I approach a painting is to spend a long time looking to find a view that captivates me; such, that I cannot look away. It may take hours. It is the beginning of a relationship with a place or subject.
The excitement of starting the painting is intense. I am overwhelmed by color, light and possibilities for compositions. I take photos and begin drawing a brief sketch with graphite, marker or water color. I do a monochromatic underpainting before adding colors.
Although initially, all is unfamiliar, with repeat visits to paint on location, layers of visual understanding emerge. I experience a melding of vision with the spirit of a place. I may introduce people, buildings or animals into the work. I complete most of the painting on location, where I can use all that is around me for inspiration and reference. I will finish the painting in my studio over a period of days or longer.
Once a location inspires me, I return to paint at various times of day and in all seasons. A strong bond forms where a piece of me resides. My paintings are intimate reflections of places that become part of my life as a painter. I invite the viewer to experience these places in my paintings.
I had the privilege of studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Louis Sloan who I considered to me my mentor in Landscape Painting. The importance of truly seeing and understanding nature was the greatest lesson he imparted.
Bridge Reflections, oil on panel, 8" x 10" Available
Autumn's Melody, oil on panel, 11" x 14" Available
Disappearing Cornfield, oil on canvas, 12" x 16" Available
Blanket of Snow, oil on canvas, 9" x 12" Available
Mystery of Crum Creek, oil on canvas, 8" x 10" Available
Ridley Creek Falls, oil on panel, 8" x 10" Available