My uncle Neal lived in Maine. During our family summer visits, I would see his marine and landscape paintings hanging on every wall in the small home he built for his family. His brush strokes captured the natural beauty Maine offered. This creative atmosphere influenced my becoming an artist. My love for art and nature never left me, even when I pursued a career in business, which took me around the world. Art was always there within me.
Traveling provided me with opportunities to visit international art galleries and museums. Meeting artists from many different countries, I learned and appreciated the life an artist pursues. With early retirement, I am able to commit to my lifelong love, painting.
Residence and studio: Fort Mill/Indian Land, SC.
Inspired by the beauty and energy of nature, I preserve what I see and what surrounds me on my journeys throughout the state and across the country in my landscapes.
My creative endeavors began with oil paints and transitioned into watercolor; I studied with well known Charlotte muralist,
Lloyd Miller. After many years working with watercolors, I have moved back into oils, apprenticing with Carlos Alvarez Cotera, a well known realist painter, living and working in Mint Hill NC, who recently moved to Miami FL.
Various photos of my paintings have been featured in newspapers, most recent being the Hampton Virginia News and the Union Enquirer. I have sold privately and my paintings hang in many prominent homes in the United States.
The artistic goals I've set for myself are to give viewers the feeling of being present in the paintings, and to impart a peaceful sense of wonder and majesty, nature imbues, without effort. Matisse said he did not want the viewer to see the pain and effort, the many years that went into a work of art, how long it took to bring a painting to simplicity, to a peaceful place, to present his work as natural.
Claude Monet said, "I would like to paint the way a birds sings."