Artist Statement

I am inspired by the rich tapestry of life in the Monterey Bay Area and paints both on location and in my studio. My work is characterized by recognized subject matter with an interpretation that synthesizes the essence of the subject with some of the qualities of abstraction. I hope to express my love for the subject while retaining the power of strong simple shapes, a well as celebrate the sensual character of the medium.

I use oil paints on canvas, brushing on thin application on the media to establish my composition. As the painting progress I take great joy in applying thicker, lush layers of the paint, using not only brushes but palette knife and hands if needed. All spaces are important to me - both negative and positive. My work includes both landscapes and figurative paintings.