My goal in painting is to interpret, not copy, while expressing a sense of feeling or atmosphere, an important aspect of any painting. In order to do that, simplification of the subject matter is essential. Working on location has been an integral part of my artistic life and development. Though I have learned a great deal while painting en plein air over the years, I equally enjoy, and sometimes prefer, working in the quiet of my studio. Every painting is different.
Watercolor is one of my preferred mediums, along with pastel, oil, and acrylics. Inspiration for new work usually starts with some visual cue, as ephemeral as a morning shadow, or rust on a tin roof overhang. Sometimes, a facial expression will be the starting point for a new work. If the visual interest is there, then there’s hope for a picture. I prefer to do a quick watercolor or pencil study of the 'facts' on the spot, and dig deeper into the mood and atmosphere, back in the studio. Enjoyment also comes from working with the visual memories accumulated over a lifetime of painting landscapes outdoors.