I love the process of painting or drawing! I like interacting with the piece and allowing it to come forth as opposed to having a careful plan. I love losing myself in this process- being delightfully drawn into a rhythmic relationship with what is happening on the canvas- responding, enjoying, interacting- watching an unfolding of something new and unexpected.
I've drawn since early childhood, when I would sit in front of the TV and quickly sketch cartoon characters on my school notebook paper. Much of my work still reveals a light-hearted 'cartoonish' approach. Tracing figures in comic books sparked my interest in figurative work and portraiture.
I first began painting with oils when I attended Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. After receiving my BFA in 1992, I did commissioned oil or pencil portraits off and on for the next several years while raising my family and completing a military career. Over time I felt the need for growth and new challenges, so I began teaching myself to paint clouds and landscapes.
I have been strongly influenced by the figurative work of Hilda Belcher, Malcolm Liepke, and Carole Katchen. I also greatly admire the colorful work of Wayne Thiebaud, the energy of Carolyn Anderson, and the stunning cloud renderings of William Hawkins.
I am inspired by what I perceive as 'real', that which is authentic, pure, innocent, or raw. It may be the innocence of children, the rawness of an emotion, the majestic presence of clouds, or the delicate beauty of a single flower. My goal is to communicate my internal experience of what I see. I get such a rush when I am painting and I begin to experience the same emotional response I have when viewing the subject itself!