When I paint I want my paintings to give the viewer an experience, a slowing of the senses, a chance to feel emotionally and physically from the images and colors in the work. I demand the most from my colors. I try to convey the feelings of hope, glory, pleasure, happiness, joy and longing along with all of the senses through the colors.
My images are an abstraction of nature. I say I am a painter of altered landscapes. I paint my environment based on images I make (sketches, photos). The viewer may be able to recognize the scene however the shapes and local color may be abstracted and exaggerated. I enjoy the fact that the 3 dimensional becomes 2 dimensional. This is one way to bring the viewer beyond the subject. I want the viewer to slow down and see the paint application. I want them to sense the color within the subject. The painting is an abstraction one minute and, for example, a tree the next. The tree is important and unimportant. The tree becomes the vehicle for the color experience. I often dream color combinations and the subject becomes a way to play with those combinations. My color choices are visceral and I know I’ve got it right when I literally have an urge to eat the landscape.
I am a science teacher and a painter. After completing my degree at St. Cloud State University, I spent a year in the Fiji Islands teaching science. I received my teaching certificate at SCSU in 1996 and have been teaching science and painting in Minnesota ever since. In 2008, I had the fortunate opportunity to live on another island. This time I spent a year painting in the Bahamas. At that point I realized color had become central to my work. I now call St. Paul my home and feed off all of the creative energy in the metro area.