Nature is eternal, that is what captures my interest. Compared to most accomplishments of man, they are either going out of style or simply breaking down,  and nature by its nature tends to remain constant. The landscape as a subject changes throughout the day, and each season brings something new. Yet the landscape abides by principles that are unchanging. The human figure likewise has remained the same from the dawn of humankind. I feel a strong connection between the human form and woods, fields, and shorelines.

A personal response to the direct observation of subject informs my work. I focus on beauty and an overall gestural expression through my mark making – the quality of a graphite line and the richness of brushstrokes of wet paint describe my experience with my subject.

I tell my students that no matter how photo-realistically their aim may be when they paint, their painting of a tree or a hand will never be a tree or a hand. In the end all that remains is a series of brushstrokes on canvas. As artists, we must make the most beautiful marks we have the facility to produce.


Painting Expressively with Acrylics: Interpreting the Landscape
August 19 - 22  10:30am to 4:00pm
at the Old Art Building, Leland, Michigan

Youth Painting
October 14 to November 4 - 4:30 to 6:00pm
at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, Michigan
Register at: www.crookedtree.org/tc

Landscape Painting: Success Through Simplicity
October 7 to November 11 - 6:30 to 9:00pm
at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, Michigan

Painting in Gouache: Color and Composition
October 22, 23, 24 - 9:00am to 5 pm
Interlochen Adult Art Academy

Drawing the Human Figure Workshop
November 9  10:00am to 5:00pm
at the Old Art Building, Leland, Michigan