About My Art
I like to contemplate landscapes especially. I imagine that the effects and play of light upon the shapes and surfaces of the Eastern Sierra are as dynamic and fascinating as anywhere in the world and hence the subject for the majority of my work.
Landscape, I believe, shapes culture and when a landscape is negitively altered or defaced, the culture is impoverished on many levels. From the mid nineteenth century to present art has played a remarkable role in the movement to protect landscapes and the living things that reside therein. In my own humble way, I would like to be part of that tradition by making art that sparks an awareness of our interrelatedness with nature and the landscape.
I like watercolor because of the medium's ability to convey light and atmospheric effects and the often unpredictable interaction with the surface it's applied to. I also enjoy working with acrylic for larger works.
Although I studied Art for a while at the Ohio State University before switching majors, I consider myself a self taught painter. In 1990 I moved out west, spending most of that year hiking around the Eastern Sierra. Two things became obvious to me during this period. One was that I wanted to do some kind of work involving the outdoors. The other was that I wanted to begin painting the unbelievable landscapes unfolding before me, and eventually develop my art to a degree where I could earn an income from it. I wasn't entirely sure how I should go about doing either.
In 2001 I moved to the Owens Valley in order to devote more time and attention to my painting. I find the Eastern Sierra an endless source of inspiration. In addition to painting I work as a ranger for Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. Working to protect the landscapes that I draw insipation from is fullfilling and symbiotic. The growing contingent of painters, photographers, sculptors, and other artists living here in the Eastern Sierra inspire me as well. Studying the modern masters from the Impressionist through the Cubist eras and beyond has given me insight in how to interpret the landscape in my own way.
I offer original and very affordable artwork which can be viewed on the Available Paintings Link. The Archives 2001-06 and Archives 2007- Present links show examples of my work now residing in private collections as well as larger scale work and mural projects. Below is a list of venues and upcoming shows plus contact information for any inquiries you may have. Thank you for your interest.
Mail: PO Box 371 Independence, CA 93526
Studio: 455 Edwards Street Independence, CA
760 920-1412 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mono Council for the Arts
Eastern Sierra Plein-air Painters Group Show Through Autumn 2013
3393 Main Street Suite S Mammoth Lakes, CA http://www.monoarts.org/
YOU CAN SEE MY WORK ON DISPLAY AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS IN LONE PINE
Whitney Portal Hostel 238 South Main Street (760) 876-0030
Seasons Restaurant 206 South Main Street (760) 876-8927