My work is an expression of my emotions, sensed and reflected in my surrounding environment. Inspired by the visions of tonalist painters, both contemporary and historical, I follow an intuitive process, working with layers of oil paint and glazing, to move beyond the exact physical manifestation of reality to portray the essential elements emanating from the rural landscape. There is an underlying sense of awe, wonder and curiosity guiding me through this process and leading me into places I have seen, felt, and remember. My paintings are a juxtaposition of a world which exists and is visible with one created from imagination, process, and yearning for the intangible.
Growing up near the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I acquired a love for my natural surroundings at an early age. I graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. degree in Fine Arts (art history), and my passion, from childhood and beyond, has always been drawing and painting. My love of tonalist landscapes, in particular the spiritual intensity and visionary emotion of George Inness' later paintings, has been a major influence in my work.
I split my time between homes in New Hampshire and Virginia, and my work is regularly exhibited at the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My paintings are characterized by a soft, ethereal quality, reflecting the transcendent nature of the scenes which inspire me.