Color and light, particularly
in the landscape are the elements that inspire me to paint.
I relate to them on an emotional level.
Light expresses the passage of time. It illuminates the landscape
creating endless variations of color and form. It is color and
light that define a particular moment in the landscape, setting
the mood and affecting how I respond to the scene. The experience
is universally familiar but the response is individual.
My paintings are not literal representations of
the landscape. They are of real places, some very well known to
me and others just brief visits. What they are about is that particular
moment in time and place and the feelings evoked. The challenge
is to capture it using color and light as the vehicle. I prefer
to do that in a representational way editing to suit my needs
rather than a purely abstract expression of the moment.
I have a strong interest in history and a fascination
with the passage of time and human experience. Cultures are different,
fashions change, technology advances, the old and the yet to be
feel foreign. To me nature and the natural landscape are constant.
They connect us to the past and future. I can look at a landscape
painted by an artist centuries ago and know that he or she felt
compelled to express a moment in time much like one I have known.
I find that reassuring.