Creative Tonal Landscape and Contemporary Expressive Painter
Born in San Diego, California, I describe myself as a self-educated independently driven person. I chose law as my first career . After receiving my Juris Doctor degree from University of Miami Law School, my legal career was that of a General Magistrate in the Family and Juvenile Courts of Miami, FL. All during my legal career, I continued my individual study of painting, displaying and marketing my works, and teaching painting. Since I hold bar memberships in Florida, Montana and Louisiana (now retired from law), I have traveled extensively in these venues, which increased my familiarity with wetland marshes and incredible landscape painting opportunities. Over the 30+ years I have painted, I have enjoyed teaching, workshops and the company of like-minded artists.
My undergraduate educational direction did not permit formal art studies, and my knowledge of art comes from continual self studying, experimenting, failing, studying, experimenting and painting, painting, painting. While non-artists often think of artists as sometimes mentally undisciplined and free to create whenever the “mood” strikes, this is not the case for the professional artist. Both sides of the brain are at work. Being a professional artist is like being a professional anything, - it requires a dedicated work ethic. I go into my studio poised to work, stay focused, review the studies for plein air painting, stay on schedule, study, handle the business paperwork, stick to the goals I set for myself and remain ever challenged to create a masterpiece. All of this is not without joy and passion. Entering the studio each morning is like walking into a candy store and wanting to taste everything, even though you already know how deliciously sweet it will be.
I have always held a distinct appreciation and love for historical 19th century tonal landscape paintings. The tranquility, peaceful subtlety, and moodiness of low country and backcountry painting venues especially lent themselves to painting tonality. While living in Florida, I had the privilege of studying with the late and much collected landscape painter, A.E. Backus, who inspired my love for the Everglades and transforming that love into permanent memories for my collectors. I have had the honor of displaying my works in the A.E. Backus Museum, Ft. Pierce, Florida.
My American Indian heritage [a reservation-enrolled Ojibwe from White Earth Reservation, White Earth, MN] is portrayed not only in my art, but in my entire being . As the first generation off the reservation, I was raised in San Diego, California, with childhood memories filled with primitive camping and developing my love of nature. My family and I have attended and participated in, many American Indian pow wow festival celebrations. Most intrigued by the vibrancy of the night time dance ceremonies, I felt compelled to paint the spirit of these Night Dancers in a contemporary expressionism style. Before I begin a Expressive Heritage piece, I create the fictional character’s story, developing their name, age and reason for their individual celebration in the dance. My use of vibrant palette colors and moving brush strokes,brings these characters to life.
Painting is never boring. There are always new ideas, new methods, new experimenting, new studying, new pieces, and new collectors and interesting people to meet . In the carrot and stick analogy, one never reaches the carrot....and so it is with painting.
Painting is my soul and spirit. I, like my American Indian ancestors, am an artistic storyteller.
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