"Painting outside is a mysterious interlude with nature played out through a dance of colors, which often brings an evanescent transcendent encounter.”
In 1977 I came to Auburn University to study art and received a BA degree in Fine Art. Studying under renown masters like Daniel Greene and John Howard Sanden helped me produce fifteen years of portraits by commission.
After working in the family business for twelve years, I am returning to life as an artist in Auburn, Alabama.
Plein air painting has been the jumping off point in my return to painting. Workshops with masters like, Roger Dale Brown in 2009, Gil Dillenger in California on the Northern Coast at age 50, retiring at 62 I was able to study with Craig Nelson, in The Dolomites and Venice, Italy, and Mark Boedges in a workshop in Louisiana all played a profound roll in molding my plein air painting style. I truly enjoy learning from other artist and collaborating in the artistic journey together. The National Plein Air Convention this past May in Santa Fe, NM was a fantastic opportunity to paint with 800 other artist and 60 professional instructors from all over the US.
Painting is sharing our personal story through the discovery and evolution of our art.
It is so interesting to make friends from all over the world through art.
Painting in oil on canvas is my origin. Lately I have enjoyed linen on panel for my surface to paint on. I also enjoy watercolor and acrylic.
As you see in the above photograph that I do not have a limited palette. I love all of the pretty colors. If all colors can be made from 6 colors then all of the tubes of different colors came from 6 colors... so what is the problem?
I do nail down the color key of the painting, as I grow, color schemes, transparent vs opaque, temperature vs value... but I use about 38 different tubes of color from different manufactures total, not necessarily at the same time.
"Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world,
and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy."
"Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." _Ps. 61:2b_
Intentional Intuitive Art:
"Somewhere between a plethora of rules and complete abstract chaos lives
Intentional Intuitive Art.
This is the creation and representation of our world knowing the rules to break and instinctively working your way through it.
The product of such art reveals a suggestion so real it can not be denied but so full of color and movement and depth and variety with definition against ambiguity that it moves you.
This is my goal.
This is my journey."