I am an oil painter living in Richmond, Virginia. I first picked up my brushes and began working in oils as a hobby at age 15 while growing up in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia about an hour northeast of Richmond. I taught myself how to paint largely by reading “how to” books on drawing, painting, and by closely studying oil paintings in galleries and museums. All through high school, college and into my adult life, I painted whenever I could, taking only one “intermediate” painting course as an elective my senior year in college and, surprisingly, winning an award in the Jr./Sr. Art Exhibit.
After leaving a career in facilities management in 1993, I pursued my lifelong dream of painting full-time. Since then, I've had the privilege of studying under two internationally-known and award-winning artists, Jim Wilcox and Scott Burdick. My plein-air (open air, onsite) oil paintings of rural Virginia, the James River, the Tetons of Wyoming and the wind blown shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina offer a balance to my more detailed, retrospective works of historical Richmond. To view my recent works, click on “Paintings”, or “Italy Paintings”, as well as some of my best sold works in the “Archive” section.
Oil painting has always fascinated me from an early age. The rich colors, the depth of a three-dimensional reality on a two-dimensional canvas, the thick impasto strokes over thin oil washes, the feel of buttery paint at the end of a brush, the rich smell of linseed oil and the exotic fragrances of aromatic varnishes–all add to a full, sensory experience.
I enjoy capturing the many moods of nature with a loosely-rendered realism, be it a peaceful, relaxing vista, or a fleeting, windswept moment. My goal, whether in the studio or out painting a “plein-air” on location, is to interpret what I see in a way that stops the viewers in their tracks and causes them to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the natural world in an inspiring new way.