I grew up in rural Maryland in the 1950s and ‘60s. We were incredibly fortunate to have an accomplished artist as a neighbor who taught weekly painting classes to the children in my neighborhood. Even though we were quite young we painted with oils and sketched outdoors with charcoal. As I look back at this experience I’m amazed at my good fortune.
I took classes in painting and sculpture in my early 20s. Over the many years since I have sketched and painted but didn’t engage fully until my children were grown. When I started painting on a consistent basis I took classes at the College of Marin and now paint primarily with oils.
Often I see beauty in ordinary objects and frame images into compositions which appeal to me. The resulting image becomes a snippet; as one might see at a glance. I find satisfaction in bringing to life ideas that deviate somewhat from complete representation and move toward a peculiar realism. I tend to paint in a series and often return to subjects which I find fascinating – like crows, sinks and branches.