Painting for me is about the process….the thoughts, time, and procedures that go into creating a work of art. There has been and always will be accomplished artists who’ve created some inferior work to go along with their masterpieces, so for me, the emphasis has to be on the emotional and intellectual process of creating. Having been a docent at PAFA for five years, most of the artists who’ve influenced me have been American artists like Beaux, Chase, Sargent, Henri, Redfield and Homer. Contemporary artists like Liz Ruggles, Richard Schmid, and water colorist Bob Saxon have had an impact on how I approach my work.
I find myself an observer when I paint, constantly being surprised by what appears on the canvas before me, and that’s what inspires me.