All my pieces start out as small sketches and drawings in the sketchbook. Some times they develop into more in-depth concepts which I then render out with pastels at a larger scale. Some of the concepts don’t make it to final art.
My work tends to focus on a serene outdoor environment, a calm place to lose yourself in your thoughts without all the distractions of today’s multitasking culture. We all need a mental timeout to yoga, meditate, workout or spend time with a friend. I try to convey those feelings in my art. I’m now experimenting with new concepts including the use of a watercolor wash underpainting. This changes the mood of the painting depending upon the colors I use. One of my most recent paintings “Trinity One” uses this technique.
I’m influenced by long walks, the morning sunrise and visits to art galleries and museums. I enjoy beach vacations and drives across the midwest. Contemporary art inspires me to paint and explore new techniques. When I was a kid my favorite artists were Van Gough and Salvador Dali. Later in life Richard Diebenkorn caught my eye as well as Wayne Thiebaud and many others. My daughter River is also an artist whom I follow.
I use soft pastels on printmaking paper. Sometimes I start with a light wash of color to the paper. Then I blend the colors to create almost a watercolor feel.
I rendered these pastel paintings on asphalt in 2002 & 2003 at a festival in Kansas City called Lastrada Del Arte. They were 8 feet by 12 feet in size.
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