About the Artist
Since the 1980s I have been painting landscapes of Oakland, often from vistas looking out to the Bay or from our East Bay regional parks. I am fortunate to live in an urban environment where my everyday drive to work provides glimpses of fog rolling in from the bay or sun pouring over hilltops and trees. It is this interplay of hills and valleys, early morning cloudiness and sunlight that inspires me to paint a scene. Light streaming through the trees and reflecting on the water of Lake Temescal, Joaquin Miller, and Redwood Parks provide inspiration for many of my landscapes.
Roads and paths are prominent in many of my paintings. They provide a vertical entry into the horizontal landscape, but they also signify how I spend much of my time -- traveling to and from a destination. They also provide some mystery in not knowing, but imagining, what is around a corner.
In addition to landscapes, I love painting portraits of people and animals. My aim is to capture the essence of my subject’s beauty, personality and soul, whether it is a mother and daughter, a beloved grand baby or a mischievous puppy.
I paint primarily with acrylic paint on canvas, applying the paint thinly in multiple layers to achieve color that has range and depth. I begin with a snap shot or quick sketch and refine the painting over many sessions in my studio.