My passion for watercolor is ignited by the way the medium captures light. The transparent washes create a luminosity found in no other medium. I’m constantly challenged to discover the individual properties and individual “personalities” of the pigments and how I can create the cleanest, most striking combinations of light and color. In my painting, I strive to see the true color in not only the objects, but in the shadows and reflections.
I believe composition is key to a successful painting. I work to create dynamic compositions that keep the viewer's eye entertained and moving throughout a painting, in order to notice all of the rich and vibrant shapes and colors. When I create a composition, whether it be a still life, botanical or nature, my desire is to show life in a vibrant and flourishing way, with all of the attention to color and detail that may sometimes be overlooked. I am inspired by the study of composition set forth by the old masters such as Sargent, Degas, Klimt & Waterhouse. The principles that they followed serve as guidelines for my creativity.
I believe my greatest purpose, as an artist, is to share what I know with others. I understand the power and joy of art and find fulfillment in teaching others how to paint and grow as artists.