My paintings are loosely realistic, with interpretive color that I achieve in a number of ways—beginning with the color of the painting surface; building on it through a combination of color fields and marks, and working toward a painting that can be appreciated both for its abstract elements and overall impression. Each painting contains a spark for me: the ‘why’ of the painting—such as a particular quality of light or a dynamic pattern of shadows, settling fog, or vibrant, sparkling water. Whatever elements initially strike me become the critical feature of that painting. When creating plein air paintings, I must capture them quickly and work to retain them, as the light is changing continuously. I enjoy working outdoors and am inspired by the quality of light and the differences in that quality of light based on the location.
I have lived in the mountains of western Maryland since 2008, having relocated from the Washington D.C. metro area. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana State University.