My work has been influenced by the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer. I admire and have learned much from well known watercolorists, Tony Couch and Milford Zornes. Mr. Zornes was a “California Scene Painter” of the 1930s, who taught me to use big, unified shapes to simplify a design. Other teachers, and I’ve had many wonderful teachers, taught me how to preserve the white of my paper without using masking fluid, the importance of using tonal value to model form and the harmonizing advantages of using a palette of limited colors for each painting. I avoid the use of gimmicks, tricks or fads and prefer to embrace simple, sound art principles, methods and techniques.
The reason I paint is because I love color and the reason I love watercolor is because it dances with me; it is spontaneous and surprising and endlessly entertaining.