My photos taken in the United States and Europe serve as inspiration for my oil paintings. My initial "seeing" is with the camera, capturing multiple images of given moments in time and space. Later, with brushes and paint, I enlarge that experience to emphasize the mood, the light, the colors.
As I work, I reflect upon the people, the places, the art depicted--a process that often leads to new ideas or understanding. Thus, a finished painting reaches beyond its photographic references.
I paint people engaged in various activities, whether at work or at leisure, and am interested in how people relate to each other.
Recent themes involve rivers and oceans, cats, and gardens.
For me, painting is a visual celebration of life.