With few exceptions, the human or natural environment that surrounds us is created perfectly. I feel it impossible for any man or woman to replicate or reproduce that creation on paper or canvas. However, as an artist, I see much that is often taken for granted by many people.
Whether in the human form or in nature, variations of design; composition; color and value; reflect the essence or spirit of all we see. It is this essence which is beautiful to me. It is this beauty which moves the artistic spirit within me and that which I seek to reproduce in my artwork. I have been asked many times, “What do you paint?” My answer is not “portraits, landscapes, barns, or a child’s toy,” but rather, “light.”
Although it is important for me to capture a realistic likeness of my subject, I find that I interpret, reveal, and clarify the real likeness residing below the surface of the people, places, and things I paint. This is my goal, my purpose, and my reason for being an artist.