I am inspired by dramatic lighting in the landscape - carefully observing the light and resulting shadows, noticing how it influences the colors I see before me. Because I am always looking for ways to push the color, I exaggerate and expand the barest hint I see in nature. Through the use of a rich, warm and cool palette, and by manipulating the interplay of darks and lights, I am able to express the beauty that surrounds me.
Primarily a studio painter, I also enjoy painting en plein air. The time I spend outdoors is a process of observation - gathering and recording information to use in my studio. In the quiet of my studio, and with the luxury of time, I use my references, memory and imagination to develop larger more expressive paintings.
Because of the direct contact with the paper, the buttery softness of the sticks, the lushness of the colors, and all the techniques that I am able to explore, I am completely devoted to and captivated by the medium of soft pastel. My paintings evolve as I float layer upon layer of pure color - each one influencing the other.
To preserve the luminous quality of pastel, I rarely blend with my fingers - allowing the various layers to sparkle through. My viewers’ eyes do the final mixing. This has been my fascination for 10 years.