In 2004 after years of painting in the studio I went outdoors to paint the landscape. This simple act of going outdoors to paint for the next thirteen years had a major affect on my work and its focus.
The years of painting en plein air changed the way I make paintings, the way I see light and the reason I paint. I did not expect such radical changes.
My focus was to paint from an authentic place. It was not to paint a pretty or frame able painting, but a sincere one that included my experience of a place. The process was a long one. It was after a period of focus and a substantial amount of practice in the field I was able paint outdoors and successfully execute paintings that I were closer to my inner vision.
My work is painted alla prima. I usually finish a painting in one outdoor session. My aim is to capture the shapes, light and form as quickly as possible. I work with a limited palette and mentally plan as much of the specifics as I can before I pick up my brush. I paint in a fresh, loose manner that is the result of thoughtful, chosen brushstrokes. Color relationships show strongly in my work. Design and mood are important to me. My objective is to paint fresh, loose, understated paintings depicting the feeling of a moment or place.