Landscapes with architectural elements fascinate me. But, it is the texture of old boards, rocks, rusting metal, and grasses that really excite me. Show me a crumbling wall or an old building and I will grab my brushes with a smile on my face!
Transparent watercolor is an ideal medium for creating texture. For me, it is texture that creates a certain reality to surfaces and gives the painting life and depth.
I paint in a fairly realistic style. I believe that details enrich a painting and provide fresh opportunities for the observer to experience a scene upon repeated viewings. A realistic painting helps to preserve the history of old buildings and farm activities. Many of the subjects I paint are taken from photographs I took 50 years ago and do not exist today.
I am a storyteller at heart and almost all of my paintings suggest a story. Recently, I have started doing a Memories of the Past Series where ghost-like images of people inhabit a landscape to tell a story. I try to achieve a level of serenity in every painting.
Although I am retiring from doing summer art fairs, except for one, I am not retiring from painting! The latest paintings will always be on this site.
This is the summer art fair I am still doing:
Geneva Fine Arts Fair, Third Street, Geneva, IL,
July 24 & 25, 2021.