“Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head.”
– Mark Twain
THE CREATIVE STORM
Visually expressing moments (both past and present) in that journey of thought is what drives my art. There is a narrative in my head as I paint. It’s usually not a full novel, but a visual representation of a connection or idea similar to poetry or lyrics that are open to personal interpretation by the viewer. My representational style is relaxed by abstract elements to express my personal connection with the subject, emotional perception, and simple interaction with the paint. I become immersed in the way color and texture evolve on the canvas both independent from, and in harmony with, the subject as I define lines of transition, play with light and shadow, and experiment with brush strokes.
I spent my childhood in rural northern Nevada surrounded by horses, dogs, cattle, pickup trucks, rodeos, dust, rugged landscapes, and independent resilient people. I left my childhood home to pick up a degree in fine art and then, as with many artists, my pursuit of art took a back seat to a career in graphic design, creative direction, business, and raising a family. I lived in various locations experiencing a range of cultural environments. Through it all, those rural roots remained ingrained and constantly influence my style as my focus has returned to art.