Painting in realism: The world around us has exquisite beauty. Expressing this in an image as close to reality as possible, is a way of celebrating this beauty. The moment of any scene happens once, I try to re-create that scene to be enjoyed again and again.

On close observation of a flower, I am amazed by the intricacies of pattern and color. I enjoy the challenge against time...recreating the delicate beauty before the flower fades.

From realism to abstract: Inspired by nature...broad landscapes...sometimes more intimate close ups, I start with a sketch...creating smooth flowing compositions that I hope will evoke a sense of peacefulness.

Other times, I am stimulated by the drama of unique architecture...the captured energy in form...and in these sketches, the challenge is to evoke the essence of this energy.

In either composition...serenity or vigor...I love working with the variables of acrylic mediums to sculpt, shape and create texture on canvas. By choosing only three pigments and working in the monochromatic scale, I hope to create a balance between the textural and visual elements of these compositions.