"As a realist painter, I believe in the timeless values of beauty and excellence, because these are things that feed the soul..."
A native Kansan artist, I am best known for realistic and detailed oil paintings which often feature animals. This includes old gardens, ancient ruins and sculpture, abandoned buildings, scenes of farm life, and other interesting places. Having always been drawn to the beauty of the natural world and its creatures, the rural landscape of the family farm was my first inspiration, and the effects of age and decay upon man-made objects and structures
continue to be a major theme in my work.
As a realist painter, I believe in the timeless values of beauty and excellence, because these are things that feed the soul, and no matter what happens within our culture, these are things that will always be in demand. As the essence of quality in art, technique is a major factor in producing work that can grab the viewer's attention, make them feel something, and stick with them long after they've left wherever it was they saw it. Art has the ability to move us in a way words can't. Many of my paintings tell a story, particularly those that include animals, and I especially enjoy when I can inject a bit of humor into the work.
For me, my canvas, board, or paper is the place where observation, knowledge, and imagination come together to create, in a sense, little worlds. Someone once said to me that my paintings look like “places they would like to be”. I like that.