Visit me on November 10th & 11th at the Artisans Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show at the Valhalla Inn.

For as long as I can remember I have always been drawn to the natural world, walking through the bush or climbing the hills in and around my hometown. It was during those times that I felt an inherent force compelling me to draw or paint what I saw.

I want to capture the natural world in all its beauty, painting what initially stirs my artistic senses within a scene. By using my own photographs, they allow me to paint just what is important using my computer tools to crop or enhance some of my photos.

Acrylic paints are my medium of choice because of their quick drying nature. They allow me to work non-stop, applying layer after layer, building and enhancing areas within the painting. They also allow me to quickly correct areas I don't feel are working to my satisfaction.

My paintings progress slowly with each application of paint, building and complimenting the previous layer. During the development I will move away from the work and think about the next step and how I can bring the painting to it's full potential. When I find I can't improve the work any more, I know the painting is finished.

I enjoy listening to people's views and how my paintings affect them. People look at my work and say they almost feel like they are standing in the same spot the painting was done from. When this happens, I know I have brought to life what initially caught my eye.