Landscapes of Northern California and Beyond
" Painting is meditation,". Being outdoors or in my studio creating art is my passion. I am always learning by using different brushes, or experimenting with the palette knife and changing up the colors on my palette. I prefer to paint outdoors or "Plein Aire" when possible. I also enjoy working in my studio from photos when the weather is not cooperating.
Majoring in art at San Jose State University and Chico State University has given me my fundamentals in color, light, technique and composition. The rest of my education is mostly self taught. Working with the many talented artists I've come to know in the Napa Valley has been a thirty year journey of discovery and self expression.
Preferring a wet on wet loose impressionist style, Working with watercolors or oils, I work quickly with large brushes or palette knives trying not to obsess with detail. I try to convey the feeling of the warm sunlight , the blowing wind, or the smell of flowers and foliage. My paintings are a moment in time, I want the viewer to be in the moment and appreciate the love of the landscape that I have embraced.
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