Cattle are symbols of the pastoral American mythology we all carry in our collective subconscious, regardless of whether or not we have first hand experience with them. In painting terms, the forms of cattle provide an opportunity to explore mass and shape, as well as color, texture and composition, their rectangular geometry creating contrast to the organic landscape serving as the base.
The rural landscape and its inhabitants are my primary subjects, but I live in an urban environment. These paintings are interpretations of what I see every day, or in visits to other cities.
These paintings are interpretations of the landscape encountered on our road trips around the country. As well as offering records of these adventures, they allow me to investigate both representational and abstract imagery.
Magpies are among my favorite birds, full of personality and entertainment. Their graphic, duotone hues contrast with the color saturation I use to interpret the landscape.
We take frequent road trips. These paintings interpret places we have seen on these excursions.
As a subject, the rooster provides the basic elements of painting: surface, shape, texture, pattern and color. It is also a regional icon and powerful metaphor for energy and genesis.
Southwest Americana Series
Although I grew up on a ranch, I was always more interested in the mythology, rather than the reality, surrounding that gritty lifestyle. This figurative series reflects my interest in that uniquely American folklore, or at least my version of it.
Still Life Series
Most of my work addresses the natural world, outside of man made boundaries, while these paintings record my attempts to bring that world into the more intimate one where we reflect and recharge.
The inhabitants of nature provide varied and engaging subjects for a variation on landscape explorations.