have been continuously developing my art in both painting and
the past 35 years. I began painting with oils at age eleven. I received formal training
in both high school and college. In 1976 I graduated from the University of
Wyoming with an MFA degree. While at the University, I explored modular
grid systems and several other kinds of design theory. Most of these works
had pictorial elements as well as coupling various kinds of metaphor.
have been drawn to the challenges of pictorial realism for the past 14 years,
and feel that the great strength of the realistic tradition
is its ability to endure. The effort in my painting is devoted to accurately
capturing the heart and mood of the subject and making it accessible
to the viewer.
work primarily in acrylics, but I also work in watercolor. With
the development of acrylics, I can accomplish in a short time what might have
taken months in oils. Throughout most of my recent work, I have used heavily
built-up and textured areas as well as many layers of glazed color. These
techniques help provide the illusion of light and shadow. Working directly
from nature, as when I am painting on location, permits me to gain an
intimate understanding of my subject. While observing the colors, shapes,
and ever-changing light, I interpret firsthand many of the qualities that
give vitality to sensory experience. Acrylics allow me to capture the
moment and then move on.
was born in northwestern Wyoming and moved back to the area with my wife,
Janet, in 1986, to live and to paint. Some of the most beautiful and varied
landscapes anywhere are within this area. From the great amount of time
I have spent out-of-doors, I have gained much inspiration, not only in my
painting, but in my stone carvings and welded-steel sculpture.
As an artist, I feel a direct connection to the mysteries of light playing
off shapes and forms, as well as the responsibility to express these harmonious
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