The short of it is: I’m an art teacher, and I like to paint pictures. The long version is that I am still and art teacher. Children help me see, that like anything else, art is developmental. The older I get and the more I paint, the more I learn, and the more I need to learn.
I am a traditional painter and watercolorist. I believe there is truth in a well-executed rendering of a subject. And what could be more pure that water and pigment? I grew to love watercolors while studying with Oscar Larmer at Kansas State University. He would take his classes on location, and we would try to capture a moment. Although I still draw on those lessons, much of my work today is done from memory and reference photographs. Landscapes are predominant in my work - the sky and prairie speak for themselves and it sometimes seems I am able to listen in on one of their secrets.
I have a need to document structures and buildings that interest me. I believe people overlook some the the most interesting aspects of their world. I try to give them a fresh look at something that has become too familiar or commonplace by using intriguing vantage points, colors, lighting, and shadows.