As a child I drew nothing but horses. As I grew older, my mother would counsel me to “please try drawing something besides horses”. To satisfy that nagging little voice, I left horse drawings behind in high school and never looked back for 40 years. During this time, only an occasional animal appeared in my work, causing a bit of a surprise when it did. My mentor Alex Vilumsons, with whom I worked 5 years in Los Angeles, insisted that humans and animals be excluded unless the artist knew how to avoid falling prey to the "cuteness" factor. This philosophy became the basis of my work, but had to be overcome when I decided, many years later, that I wanted to return to horses. Now that I have spent over 20 years riding and training my own horses, my childhood fantasies are reality and I now paint equine portraits with the express intent of portraying a particular animal’s personality and style.
I've been painting landscapes for about 30 years now, and have settled into the latest of many series exploring various subjects in depth. About three years ago I decided to revisit one of my most successful topics, water lilies. I wasn't sure how I was going to treat the subject matter, just that it would be quite different from the first series on that subject, which was titled "Echo Park". The new series, "Sky Pads", has taken off pretty much all on its own and so far has not appeared to even approach its final limits. The challenge stands!
My paintings are the result of thin layers glazed over one another; the underlying composition must be strong and the paint must be applied with a purposeful technique. Whether it is a portrait or landscape or rural buildings, I construct the image through layers, attempting always to create a sense of depth through transparency, color and light.