I like to present my works with a bold and colorful flair in a playful style. I strive to convey an overall feeling of happiness and joy in my paintings.
My favorite tools are the paint brush and a pallet knife. I often work on my piece with a paint brush in one hand and a pallet knife in the other, using both as I work my painting to completion. I approach the blank canvas by outlining a setting I have in mind. Next, I begin applying layers of paint until the composition is fully developed to my satisfaction, and the piece has an adequate thickness of paint and texture. I use photos and books as reference while working but do not paint exactly as I see, but rather in a manner true to my own unique style.
Working in acrylics allows me to be spontaneous as I paint. Because of the fast drying quality of the paint, I can simplify a painting I feel I have overdone by subtracting parts and I can add to areas that are calling for something more. I like the ability to make corrections to the composition directly on the canvas as I work.
In the past I enjoyed a challenging and successful career in the business world. Now, having found art in my retirement, I feel like I have a new purpose in life. To be able to create a work of art to share with family, friends and the world is an indescribable feeling of satisfaction and delight for me.