Spending my formative years in the Vermont landscape has deeply influenced my
painting. I am moved by the visual poetry in the trees and fields that surround
me and look to capture and celebrate that with my artwork. I explore the
landscape every day, seeking and always finding great inspiration.
My formal art training is from Montserrat College of Art.
I have been “painting” with charcoal as my primary medium for the last five years. I am interested in the way charcoal and water react and mix on different surfaces and I am always experimenting with this process. I use brushes to lay on the charcoal, then the charcoal is scratched or lifted off with tools and erasers to get the fine detail and is sealed with an archival poly-crylic coating to protect it. I sometimes mix watercolor with the charcoal for different effects as well.
I am influenced by photography and mostly use my own photos for reference in my paintings. That they often look like black and white photographs is not intentional but arises out of my adherence to the photographic image in my artistic process. I use the camera as a sketch tool and start the painting process once I have chosen the photo I want to work from using charcoal and a paintbrush instead of a printer or darkroom.