I have traveled many miles and spent countless hours on the backroads of the midwest states. Developed a fond appreciation for old barns and the life of the small family farmer which perhaps accounts for many of the themes in my paintings.
I try to convey my personal feelings and thoughts in my landscapes, memories from when I may have taken photos or visited the areas I paint. Creating a mistique or what I call the "wow factor" the will impress the viewer of my art is my challenge. Creating a spirit that flows through my art, a spirit that motivates the viewer to enjoy my work is the ultimate goal I try to obtain with each piece I paint.
My art is about life. It expresses what I feel about people, places, and experiences around me. In order to create a painting, I need to feel a connection with a subject and see what that subject means to me. I need to see and feel every detail of it.
When I immerse myself in something that I want to paint, the idea for the painting becomes clear to me. Because I start painting without knowing exactly how it will turn out, as I put those first colors on the paper, I am always nervous about what I am doing, because I do not know where I am going with it, but the magic of watercolors flowing together is the part that is enjoyable.
But as I continue, one technique or color leads to another, and I just move on. If it feels right, I can continue. Once complete, I've learned not to "fiddle" to much, just sign the work and clean the brushes.