flight at Dawn"
art is a creative process resulting in the tangible expression of
awe-inspiring wonder. It is that wonder that fuels my desire
to recreate that singular moment of wondrous
professional artist others’ imaginations and excite within
them the wonder, the joy, and the drama of life. Natural and realistic
subjects, dynamic and dramatic or subtle movements and atmospheric changes
all rich with color, atmosphere, textures, and intensity inspire me to
recreate with paint, canvas, brush, and composition.
classical traditionalist painters like Rembrandt and contemporary wildlife
artists creativity begins with seeing my subjects
realistically and relating to them emotionally through that visual
experience. Through the use of stop-action field photography I
record the details of many of these images and their movements in their
natural state. On canvas I often combine these images with ideas inspired
from other photographic excursions, from visits to art galleries, from
research in art books and magazines, and from within my soul.
begins when I arrange and edit these images and ideas to design my
composition in dry brushwork on tinted canvas or board. I become identified with, and a part of,
whatever I transformed into paint. I select the
tubes of color and various natural hair brushes to compliment and portray
images, mood, technique, and composition. It is
sensual identification process - color, form, texture, smell, sound,
taste, and sixth sense - that drives
me to create. If I am successful with a piece I will be able to step
back from it and visually and emotionally relive the first moments in
which I experienced my inspiration.
each painting I undertake, I am aware of our heavenly Father and the
awe-inspiring beauty and sensual joy that He created in our natural
world. Perhaps it is how I pray the most. I know it's how I
strive to give thanks.