"Although I consider myself
a versatile artist, enjoying a
wide variety of subjects from portraits to cityscapes, my passion
is for pure nature-- in the raw and the wilder the better. Im
happiest when Ive taken some effort to get to
the place Im painting. There is nothing more exciting for
me than to hike, snowshoe, or mulepack to remote peaks, hidden
canyons, windswept desert outcroppings or the rocky shores where
land meets sea.
Its not just because Im
off the beaten path. Thats part of it, but by spending
a few hours hiking through a landscape Ive experienced
that landscape in a way that I wouldnt have if Id
pulled up in my truck and painted it from the side of the road.
I know that place much more intimately. Im connected to
it on a deeper emotional level, and my best work is about that
connection, namely having captured in the piece some truth about
a particular place at a particular time.
How do I capture this truth?
Thats why I paint en plein air.
A photograph doesnt tell me what the breeze felt like on
my skin, how it rippled the grass and sounded in the trees, or
what the scents were that belonged to that day and place, or
how the clouds tumbled and turned, or what the
air temperature was. And it certainly doesnt tell me how
I felt after I hiked for miles over rough terrain to get there--
how alive I felt at that particular time! All these elements
somehow get mixed up with the paint and applied to the canvas.
My goal while doing 'en plein-air'
work is to record my immediate and spontaneous response to the
scene. I want someone to see and feel what I felt at that particular
time; to convey to others my experience and love for a place.
If I come even close to this goal, I feel I have accomplished
something of worth."