I view each work I create as an expression of a particular time, place, season and mood. I am especially inspired by the changing rural landscape of central Illinois.

I use a multiple layering technique with both the pastels and oil paintings. By allotting a passage of time between each layer, I allow the piece to "tell" me what is needed next. I also enjoy focusing on the implied movement of each subject, to reflect the passage of time.

The colors I choose are intended to convey a heightened awareness of the subject matter. My hope is to capture images of shelter, growth, space and pleasure in their most elemental forms.

Although I am most gratified by the process of creating, I also hope to provide the viewer with a respite from the relentless pace of modern life.



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