A pleasant memory of mine is of a time when a painting buddy and I rose in the wee hours, traveled to a overlook, and painted a mountain sunrise. Memories such as these are the reason I love to paint, especially out of doors. There is no substitute. Heaven for me will be painting on location. Smokey Sunrise, alas, was not painted on location. While painting this piece, however, I remembered the sensations present on that cool June morning: surreal quiet, soft conversation, faint sounds of distant work traffic, and the rattle of paint tubes in my easel and paint box as I frantically prepared. The sunrise is a transitory moment; time is crucial in painting. The final product of that morning's work, my painting, was not my best. However, the process is far more important than the final product. I would like to think that I'm better for it.
A quote from Grant Wood describes a condition from which he and many of us suffer: taking too much for granted. Wood said, "...To my great joy, I discovered that in the very commonplace, in my native surroundings, were decorative adventures and that my only difficulty had been in taking them too much for granted." Woods' words ring with truth. My goal as an artist is to capture the wonder of the often overlooked ordinary, the commonplace beauty around us, those little details that make all the difference in our daily lives. The rough hue of rocks, lush blue woodlands, weathered wood grains, and distant meandering dirt roads never cease to appeal to me. I attempt to share the beauty from which routine blinds us. My work can be purchased on ebay or by contacting me personally.