The pattern that guides me, as an artist, in choosing subject matter comes from St. Paul’s words,
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
And certainly my roots in the rural Midwest, in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, have fixed in me an attraction to country landscapes and woodland settings. I often like to include people or animals in my paintings because they add the vitality and charm of a setting which would otherwise be missed. Most importantly, I like to grab hold of the things that make me smile, and think, and wonder. I’m so happy I can do this using my paints and brushes.
I’ve painted with acrylics for 36 years. This fast-drying medium is ideal for me as I like to paint quickly, moving from layer to layer as I create. I work primarily in my studio where everything I need is readily available. For this reason, I spend hours with my camera to capture the scene (or my subject) in the ideal light. Atmosphere is an important quality of my work and I continue to paint in two distinct styles depending on the environment that I want to show. I lean towards a more careful and controlled rendering of my subject using smaller brushes and brush strokes when I want to capture a quiet misty morning or the stillness of a winter sunrise. But when I want to portray loud and lively I use a more painterly approach with a heavier paint application, loose brush strokes and strong contrasts of color, light, and shadow. I love the effect of dappled light. It makes a painting dance and it’s a useful means to creating energy in a lifeless area. I consider a painting satisfactorily complete when my eye is lead from one area to the next to enjoy the various components of the work.
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