Where there is joy.
There is real joy in the opportunity to create paintings – to be able to recreate my experience of being inspired.
I am drawn to the emotion of scenes infused with light, shadow and color. I am compelled to capture the vanishing landscapes, pastoral vistas and farms I encounter, especially traveling the back roads in and around Bucks County.
My outdoor studio.
My studio is the outdoors and my love for plein air goes back to my childhood when I spent hours outside with my sketchbook. The sensory experience of painting right in the setting is exhilarating. There are magical moments where I am privileged to witness nature and all of God's design and creativity. There are serendipitous encounters with people passing by and stories I get to hear about the scene that inspired me to stop and paint.
My love affair with barns.
My passion for Bucks County barns was fueled by my father's own love of barns. Growing up along the Delaware River in Bucks County, we spent countless Sunday afternoons taking long car rides seeking out old barns and farmland vistas. My father lived his dream of owning and restoring an old barn in upper Bucks County.
I grew up admiring the work of Eric Sloane, Ranulph Bye, Edward Willis Redfield, George Sotter, Daniel Garber and Andrew Wyeth. I am still so inspired by these artists and so many others.