Some are childhood remembrances of Dad burning leaves in the backyard in Autumn and the soiled pungent smell as the smoke bellowed throughout the neighborhood. The soil, on sunny days seemed to absorb the diamond shaped specks of sunlight as they slipped through the tapestry of the trees, forming decorative patterns and creating an almost endless variety of greens, siennas and yellows. The simple beauty of a puddle of water right after a rain and the green life that emanate from it is so surprisingly clear in memory, looking back. I am struck by the contrast I see in an old horse grazing his final days away in the same pasture as the rusted out old truck that replaced it, years earlier.
Through abstract art, I seek to inspire curiousity, subjectivity, individuality and inspire discussion. Imagine how such an image might appear after emerging from the influences of one’s introspection. My subjects are people, children, animals and nature. My realism themes center on western traditional, history, children, outdoors and city life.
I enjoy the tranparent effects of color pencils and watercolors, the playful laydown of color markers, the grainy depth of graphite and the strict line of pen and ink. Mixed media offer diversity, simplicity, adaptability and latitude in design composition and technique.