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My current studio is in a wonderfully simple agricultural building right off Highway 211. Though the building is visible from the highway, to me it is like another world. Garage doors lift high to flood its open space with light and fresh air. Its white walls offer the perfect backdrop for evaluating paintings both in process and finished.
I work mostly outdoors using oil paint. Sometimes I finish in one session, sometimes I come back several times, and sometimes I make adjustments in the studio. I draw and paint from direct observation of the things and places around me.
Slow and careful looking engages my total concentration and brings me deep joy. I paint to experience these moments but also to share them.
We all have access to this sort of joy, or “flow” as it’s often called. In these times we feel the richness of life more fully, and our connection to the world more keenly. Painting is my way of experiencing this state. The resulting paintings offer an energetic calm, a sense of gratitude, and an invitation to slow down and admire the world around us.