Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Hondo Valley, NM
This painting was created on location in the Hondo valley in New Mexico. It is one of the 28 paintings on exhibit in the Cary Senior Center, Cary, NC until January 30, 2011. The exhibit named "A Passion for the Western Landscape" consists of paintings based on locations in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher. This is my journey of dipping my brush into my own soul and painting what I find. I have a passion for our American West and those landscapes are my primary focus. But, averaging 6-8 weeks of travel a year, I will paint whereever I am. I usually paint on location, i.e. plein air, but also revel in taking a plein air study and my photographs and using them to create a large, more thoughtful, studio work. In addition to bold brushwork and vibrant color, the power of the composition is becoming more important to my work. The work of Vincent Van Gogh, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, Birger Sandzen, and Walt Gonske has been a huge inspiration to me.