As an artist, my aim is to capture and elevate the everyday and familiar to the painterly and picturesque. My paintings, in general, are snapshots of life: quaint vignettes or narrative portraits in which I attempt to harmonize the calming with the energizing, the quiet with the vibrant, complexity with simplicity. There is often an undercurrent of nostalgia and optimism to my work.
A native of Virginia, I grew up on the rural Eastern Shore but have called Fredericksburg home for the past eleven years. Aside from some training in drawing and watercolor in my childhood, I am entirely self-taught, but I take cues and inspiration from other artists and from my surroundings all the time, and consider painting an ongoing and ever-evolving education. I work primarily in oils, acrylics and watercolor, and my style falls somewhere on the spectrum between realism and impressionism.
For inspiration, I turn to the work of the realists, impressionists and post-impressionists, in particular: Sargent, Zorn, Cassatt, Turner, Renoir, Matisse, Klimt and Vermeer. And that is to say nothing of the innumerable modern, contemporary and local artists whom I admire just as ardently.
In choosing subjects for my own work, I always begin with the light. It is one of the most meaningful and important elements that I set out to capture. I also gravitate toward an unexpected composition, an interesting texture, seductive color, and candid scenes that exude innocence or happiness.
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