The natural world and travel are catalysts and inspiration for visual memories and creative ideas. Whether far from home or in a nearby garden, I look and see at a deeper level, finding color, emotions or moments that must be captured. Sketching, photographing and, most of all, prolonged observation, provide impetus for my art.
Subsequent paintings and photographs recreate and enhance the emotion of the sights encountered. Colors, animals, and landscapes are revisited while I paint, which often happens at my studio in Wisconsin. The yellow ochre of Botswana, the turquoise of Turks and Caicos, the light and euphony of Monet’s Garden, the earth tones of the Southwestern United States, and the multitude of greens in a Wisconsin summer are each the basis for a series of my works.