I grew up in the Santa Monica mountains near what is now called Pt. Mugu State Park. I acquired a love of the outdoors at least since that time.
My style displays an economy of brushwork, where the viewer has more leeway to interpret shape, color and texture (a la Impressionism!). I find painting is a great way to quiet the mind.
I make art because it’s the most efficient way I’ve found to feel ‘right’ with the world, to feel like I’ve worked at something worthwhile. Other jobs I’ve had, I’ve felt that way too, but more often than not a manager or client would have me do it all over again, to what they thought they wanted. What I’m doing here is expressing my ideas, and the viewer can take it or leave it, whichever they prefer. But my ideas remain, for the most part as they were conceived.
I like portraying the living world. The mechanical, architectural, man-made part I am drawn to also, but I have to take care to not fall into never ending detail. I worked as a mechanical designer for many years, but details of details of details is not what I want to portray. It’s more about the life in a subject.