I find simplicity, beauty and a timeless honesty in wild places, wild things and those occupations dependent on the land and sea. They evoke in me a peaceful feeling not unlike that of going home. My art seeks to convey this sense of peace and place to others.
If you want to truly see a thing, try to paint it. While I don’t consider myself strictly a plein air artist, all of my paintings begin outside. I have to spend time in a place or with an animal to experience it and see the light upon it.
My formal art training began at the University of South Carolina’s Sloan College of Art. The influences of Joquin Sorolla, John Carlson and Richard Schmid, as well as early 20th Century Western artists such as William Wendt may be seen in my work. Almost all of my paintings begin in the field as I believe there is no substitute for painting on site to experience a place and the way light and atmosphere affect it. I continue to study intensively with modern plein aire masters including: Kenn Backhaus, William Davidson, Albert Handell, John MacDonald, Larry Moore and John Poon.
I am an award-winning artist and a member of Oil Painters of America and the International Plein Air Painters. I am also active in the N.C. Transylvania Community Arts Council and local art groups. My paintings are in private collections throughout the country.