May 11, 2018 - June 5, 2018

I work in three distinct styles of painting. The first is objective: I paint pet portraits mostly by commission. Painting objectively keeps me tuned into the fundamentals of painting that I learned 3 decades ago. It takes time, layers of paint, and patience to get the spirit of the subject.
I describe my landscapes as “Lyrical abstraction” especially in the “driving series”. Pushing and pulling the paint, colors, structure, line, movement, speed and light are important components. These pieces are a direct result of my connection with the land and my fondness for driving adventures down unknown roads.
Then there are my “expressive” animal paintings. These appear to be very light-hearted and sometimes fantastical; they push the boundaries between whimsical abstraction and representational. These iconic forms of chickens, rabbits, ducks and owls are loose and usually finished in one sitting. There might be 3 or 4 attempts before I get a successful piece. I think of them as my kind of meditation so I can’t be interrupted once I start a piece.
These 3 styles are very distinct.  They each feed different creative means.