“As an artist I find myself constantly aware of my surroundings. Each subject that
catches my attention, from the smallest of flowers to the brightest of sunsets, gets
recorded and eventually ends up on a canvas in my studio.
I feel very lucky to have a talent to share with others, and I feel deeply connected
with nature through the process of painting.
Over the years I have tried my hand at many different art materials and many different
subjects, but I have always found myself back at the easel with oils on the palette.
Oil paints are a true delight to work with and they seem to express themselves effortlessly,
as if on their own!
My particular style of painting is a culmination of my fine art training, my fondness
for the Impressionist and Expressionist art movements, and my personal artistic vision.
Color and composition are two key elements to my creative process, but the application
of paint is perhaps the single most important factor in defining my style, from loose
brush strokes and rich texture to an almost frenzied use of palette knife marks.
The colors that I use are frequently blended directly on the painting, adding liveliness
through visibly distinct transitions in color and shade. I have been told that one
of the nicest features of my style, even though it is representational, is its abstract
quality. This is one aspect of painting that I truly enjoy and one that I have worked
hard to preserve. But apart from all the explanations of technique or style, I think
that you will find as I have that art is mostly a mystery ... so much more than the
sum of its parts.
Every artist has a particular subject matter that he or she gravitates toward. Over
time, I have found that koi fish are definitely that subject me!
I'm not sure what attracts me most to these beautiful fish. Perhaps it is the broad
range of colors and patterns, the fluid movements of the koi under the surface of
the water that lend themselves so well to the painted canvas, or the wonderfully
descriptive Japanese names for each koi variety. In any event, I hope that my artistic
renditions capture your imagination.”