I resided in Grand Junction from 1980 to 2000 and returned in April of 2018 from a sojourn in northwest Wyoming where I worked a variety of jobs while continuing to improve my art skills and further my artistic career in the areas of wildlife, Western, and landscape painting. I am now working solely as an artist. My primary medium is oil paint; I also work in watercolor, gouache, pastel, and acrylic.
I paint wildlife, landscapes, portraits, and figures using contemporary and impressionistic style. I especially like creating dynamic compositions using animal and human figures in action and to capture “human emotion” as a means of using physical form to express my spiritual vision. A lifetime of learning sound principles and dedicated practice are both the means and the end to finding joy and fulfillment in my work.
I have a vivid visual memory; this combined with a detailed knowledge of anatomy and gesture and a strong sense of design form the foundation of my work. Each brush stroke is the result of thoughtful observation of my experience or my artistic vision. Exceptional art will stimulate the spiritual senses by engaging the imagination. My objective is to create art that is more than an accurate depiction of an image—a powerful connection in the viewer’s imagination through the sense of recognition.
I realize that the WHY is key to creating a powerful image; the more powerful the mental impression, the more beautiful and striking the creative expression. When there is a link to an emotion, an event, a truth, or a message, the result is a stronger impact upon the viewer. Painting my life experience both in the world and on canvas is my passion. Painting on canvas is an obvious concept, whereas, painting my life in the world implies seeing life as the ultimate form of creation.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Northern Colorado with emphasis in the areas of: painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and art history.
I am represented by galleries in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.