Six years ago I officially unplugged from a successful career as a Creative Director in Advertising. I decided to follow my heart and pursue my life long dream of becoming a painter. Reinventing one's self isn't easy, never dull and ever invigorating. It feels as though this was the plan all along. That everything in my prior creative life was preparing me for this special purpose, preparing me to pursue my painting passions with perspective and purpose.
My studio is in The Old Firehouse Building in Utah's beautiful Heber Valley. With the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges as my backdrop, I covet the southerly light that pours into my studio windows each day. The supreme light makes it ideal for seeing colors truly, seeing them purely. Most days I don't even turn the lights on until early evening.
I attended the Art Institute of Boston and grew up wonderfully inspired by the work of masters like Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Johan Vermeer, Vincent Van Gogh, John Register, Georgia O'Keefe, Jim Jones and Maynard Dixon just to name a few. They are all supreme masters of light and composition.
Light, to me, is the most beautiful element in the universe because of its power to artfully transform anything it touches, anything it wraps itself around. Light and composition are paramount as I contemplate what to paint and why. Successful composition is probably more important than the brushwork itself.
Even though I'm at the beginning of what I know will be a long fulfilling journey, my early motivation can best be described as a quest to capture what is authentic and real, to discover unseen beauty, to be a persistent observer and to reveal subject matter that is special and soulful. I strive to paint realism with a soft but precise painterly quality that is expressive and elegant. I try to capture how a moment in time or experience should be relished and remembered. My aim is to stimulate the eyes with images that feel emotionally conjured . Simply put, I strive to paint how something makes me feel and reflect the impression it leaves upon me. My work is about how I want to recall a scene in my mind and more importantly, my heart.