Most of my paintings start out as plein-air works, but I am not interested in an exact depiction of a scene. I am really more concerned about the emotional response. As I paint, I will add or subtract shapes, push spatial planes, break down an object into an abstraction, and exaggerate color in order to best represent that emotion.
Sometimes I’ll take a less successful painting, rotate the canvas, and start a new picture. When the image is reversed many new options open up. I’ll begin to see shapes and colors for what they could be. I may use sketches at some point but these paintings are largely invented using the existing painting as an aid.
I find inspiration from a wide range of artists – I get as much of a thrill looking at a Courbet, Turner, or Inness as I do when I look at work of contemporary artists like Kevin MacPherson or Mary Giammarino. When I paint I am trying to get at these feelings inside me. The artists that I admire felt so much; their strength is incredible. It is very humbling.
Being a part of Alden Gallery since its first full season is very exciting. To have my paintings shown in Provincetown, with its remarkable arts heritage, is a privilege.