My inspiration is drawn upon a lifetime of observation in the woods and natural areas of the world, where I have been fortunate enough to catch glimpses of the wildlife that find their way into my paintings. The balance and harmony of the natural world brings more ‘rhyme and reason’ to my world and evolves at my easel. The expression of these experiences and observations is a lifelong challenge; my artwork is an invitation into that world as well as a tribute to the domestic animals that travel with us.
I spend as much time as possible in wild areas wherever I am. I travel to Cape Breton Island in Canada for the purpose of painting and photographing wildlife, as well an occasional landscape or seascape. I paint plein air often but almost always finish the painting in my studio, using my photos for reference.
My favorite medium is pastels but I also enjoy colored pencil and acrylics. I wrote a book that was published in 2019, "Lessons From the Geese", and I illustrated it with nineteen of my own colored pencil drawings. My inspiration for it came from two years during whoch I spent time daily with a family of geese.
Pastels are my medium for the pet portraits that I have been doing for over forty years. I work from photographs and mat and frame them myself.
I also do acrylic wildlife paintings on turkey feathers and birch bark, which I frame for their protection. Nature's own canvas!