"Painting primarily with transparent watercolor, my current body of work depicts the landscape of the American West and the Midwestern prairie. I am captivated by the interplay between the land, the light, and wide open spaces, and explore the expressive use of color to establish an emotional resonance with the viewer."
My compositions are an interpretation of the landscape, rather than a strict depiction, and, as in much of rural America, a human presence is felt primarily through the subtle intrusion of the occasional fencepost, haystack, or the pattern-making of plowed fields and planted crops.
Drawing subject matter from my own photographs and on-site sketches, the work often enters a realm of heightened, abstracted colors, and the unique qualities of transparent watercolor lend the paintings a sense of luminosity that I believe cannot be duplicated with any other media. I apply the paint with intense, saturated color, often allowing areas of color to bleed into one another to create color and textural transitions that echo those found in nature. I work toward finding a balance in each painting between those spontaneous, fluid bleeds and the sharper edges that more clearly define the subject.