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"Living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado will always be my
bottomless well of inspiration for painting. The visually
stimulating landscape never fails to excite my emotions.
Painting is a way for me to channel the overwhelming vistas that
evoke powerful feelings. The result, a picture that becomes the
essence of nature.
Others before me have taken similar feelings and emotions and
used this inspiration to make beautiful pictures. They were the
Abstract Expressionists. I feel closest to their experimental
paint and compositional approaches. Artists like: Willem De
Kooning, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Matta and
Hans Hoffman each poured their own emotions and personal views
of their surroundings onto canvas to reflect a personal, grand
Another artist who lives at the heart of my vision is J.M.W.
Turner. Although very different in approach from the Abstract
Expressionists, Turner paints a landscape that is felt more then
actually seen. The atmospheric glow that emanates from his
paintings is like no other. An atmosphere in which you can
almost feel the wetness of the climate, sense the heat from a
bright warm yellow or become lost in a foggy mist of gray. This
phenomenon is what I'm after. I work at creating a
spiritual-naturalistic atmosphere that is livable, breathable
and wonderful, while being brightly abstract, foreign and
The painting's surface is always an exploration of structure and
texture. Illusionistic shapes are my suggestion of imagery.
Amorphic drifts hint at wind, water or motion, while geometric
shapes build up a topographical or divided view of forms.
Imagery is ambiguous, a painting is meant to be pondered by the
viewing individual. An introduction of texture ranges from a
pebbly-rocky crust to a smooth soft passage. Within this
texture is a combination of earthen and man-made materials to
create a sense of interest and tension.
These textual and compositional elements combined with an
inspiring surrounding provide me with a strong foundation to
fulfill my artistic vision. To take painting to another
dimension, a direction shared by J.M.W. Turner and the
Expressionists of the past. A concept of blending natural
phenomenon with colorful expression."