continues to be my main inspiration, however; I am becoming increasingly
interested in showing the process of how a work evolves. Sometimes this
means leaving a little piece of the painting a bit unfinished, or
playing up a sharply finished area against a looser more abstract area.
I try to start each new work with a disciplined approach, first
mapping out the large shapes and establishing correct value
relationships. I consider
the interplay of value and shape to be the foundation of the work and
color to be the part that gives the work its heart.
In addition there is a constant editing process going on in order
to create just the right interplay of realistic and abstract areas.
It is all a bit like fitting a puzzle together.
I have been experimenting with limiting my palette and working a little
faster in order to keep things fresh.
Since my move to Maryland, I have been painting outside in plein
air more and more. I have
also been working from a model and with still life.
I still work from photos especially with commissioned work,
however; I am convinced that working from life has greatly expanded my
ability to make better decisions in the editing process as well as in
establishing shapes and values.
the creative process is a joy, the process of learning how to paint is
endless and inspires me. I
love the fact that each work I create is unique and my vision alone.
At the end of the day, I get to say this is what I saw, and I
want my viewers to enjoy the view.