I am a contemporary realist painter and active environmentalist, having transitioned from a career as an environmental scientist. I continue to work passionately to preserve our remaining wild areas and to document our beautiful, fragile planet.
My work includes paintings of landscapes and of wild birds, wherein I attempt to document our natural world and the amazing creatures we share it with. These paintings are of marshes, lakes, streams, vineyards, old barns, and the wonderful birds I encounter on almost daily bird walks. A primary goal is to bring to the viewer’s awareness the magnificent surroundings and birds we all must protect.
I do both plein air paintings of the landscape and larger studio paintings, in which I work to recapitulate the sensory qualities I experience when painting on site. I work in oils and pastels because I love the tactile sensations of moving the pigments over the painting surface and the amazing colors one can create with both media.
One of my mentors, Canadian artist Robert Bateman, expressed this sentiment perfectly, “I can’t conceive of anything being more varied, rich and handsome than planet earth; its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it … then put it together and express it in my painting. This is the way I want to dedicate my life.”