My Arts and Crafts
style landscape paintings have been most strongly influenced by the painters and print makers of the Sung dynasty period and
by the California plein air tonalist painters of the early 1900's. I use watercolors because of their versatility
and spontaneity, giving me a wide range of effects in my landscape paintings. Favorite subjects include the rolling
hills of central California near Paso Robles, where the hillsides are dotted with oak trees; the soft morning fog rolling
across Maine's rugged coast or bright sunlight streaking through a forest at sunrise. Using muted tones, earthy
colors and delicately balanced compositions, my paintings convey a sense of peace with a slight air of mystery.
Another favorite subject is architecture. Interest in architecture began
at an early age when I discovered Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a newsworthy character in the 1950's. Later, a thirty
year career in city planning kept me close to architecture and design, along with a professional art career in the field of
historic preservation, architectural renderings and house portraits. My architectural watercolors and ink drawings range
from impressionism to completely detailed renderings. At times the structure in the painting serves primarily as a place
to hang the atmospheric effects At other times a commissioned rendering needs to show brick and mortar joint details.
Renaissance Master Artisan
This juried membership is for those artisans whose artwork shows significant skill, expertise
and a kindred spirit with the original Roycroft craftsmen and artists in East Aurora, NY, with an emphasis on original art
produced using "head, heart and hand". today this group of artisans, known as the Roycrofters At Large Association
(RALA) carries on the tradition, building Arts and Crafts style furniture and accessories in the Arts and Crafts style.
This is one of the most challenging
and prestigious state wide watercolor societies in the U.S. It is a juried membership of high quality artwork.
Painters of America
in this juried group is limited to only 160 artists in the U.S. Artwork to be shown at WPA exhibits can be no larger
than 4"x5" and must be painted using whiskey mixed with the watercolors.