The heart of my work is the impressionistic depiction of people and places. The images I create often have their roots in my travels and become almost a visual diary. While I love nature and the great outdoors, for my diary I am most drawn to scenes involving people. But whether the subject of a painting is landscape, people or a combination of the two, the problem is always the same: how to visually instill my excitement in the viewer.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design taught me how to paint, but it was the work of great illustrators that taught me about emotion and simplicity. The flamboyance of Bob Peak, the sensuousness of Robert Heindel, the quiet power of Mark English and David Grove influenced my work first as an illustrator and later as a fine artist.
I am currently passing on my passion for art to those many people who have come to art for the first time or are returning to it after many years away. I founded www.beginningartist.com to teach aspiring artists how to make art more easily, more creatively and more confidently.