In 1986 I took an extension class at UCSD titled “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. The class opened my eyes to form, light, and shades of gray. I subsequently took every photography class Palomar College offered. I didn’t take the next step of creating my own version of reality through painting until I retired from a career in civil engineering and moved from Southern California to Asheville in 2004.
It was an encounter with an established local artist David McCaig that helped me put paint to canvas the first time in late 2004. Over a bottle of wine in my studio, he helped me capture the view from our mountainside home using a palette knife and a few tubes of oil paint. From that night I was hooked.
I’ve tried to merge my engineering technical background and my success as a black and white photographer to create bold displays of color and shape. I’ve had my work compared to the German expressionist artists, with vivid emotional relationships through powerful colors and dynamic compositions.
Most of my work is done in my mountain top studio in Swannanoa, NC. However, I love plein air work. I tend to paint rapidly from a limited color palette. I am continually researching new techniques of applying paint and mixing colors, and am constantly seeking new subject matter.