Because of the pressure that come along from running a business, physically it is demanding , and so I do not paint to sell my work , I paint for the pleasure and the learning experience that comes along with it. Yes, it is journey and process that inspires me everyday. My main course of study is self taught reading many books and studying paintings. My experience comes from spending many hours outdoors or indoors studying shadow and light over the years, but not actually knowing how to paint and even what it was really about back in them days. Traveling to north Saskatchewan on many fishing trips, and also in the mountains camping in Alberta. Painting in my head and about how I would apply it. I have always had this curiosity about the physics of it all. Reading books like the book by Katie Swatland ” The companion to Alla Prima two” and by Richard Schmid “Alla Prima II every thing I know about painting” probably two of the most important books on the market when wanting to learn to paint. Other than that it is nothing but miles of paint and hoping to learn from one’s mistakes.
Renoir says “ I believe I have learned something today”
As a pure painter my inspiration that draws from BC’s Okanagan valley with an array of wonderful terrain, color, and culture. It welcomes the artist an education in endless creative adventure To explore, interpret, and bring back to the studio my perspective of the landscape in a visual language. In the studio I can play with what I have captured to make it a pleasing composition.
A visual poetry of the land, watching the dance of light, shadow, and color all come in to play.
To educate about the importance of conservation.
Experimenting, and exploring is a part of the process to write my own story.