I classify my work as representational impressionism. I am inspired by the atmospheres and techniques of J.M.W. Turner and Albert Bierstadt, the glazing effects of Rembrandt, and the direct-painting nature of the Group of Seven and Robert Genn (and many others). I use the qualities of oil paint, mediums and colour to appear realistic without painting fine details. This gives my works a unique, lively effect. This is achieved through combining direct (impressionist) and indirect (traditional) painting techniques. Quality and an enduring positive reputation are important to me, I paint in oils following best practices for a long lasting work of art. I continue to refine my skills through dedicated practice, experimentation and study. I find my art represents a connection with nature; of places I have experienced first hand and experiences or scenes that have had an impact on me. My audience usually shares this connection whether they have been to the same place or not as I work to imbue my paintings with emotional atmosphere . My subjects are as varied as my experiences however they commonly have water in various forms whether lakes, streams, oceans or snow.
A Love for painting
I am a full time painter. I have been applying myself wholeheartedly into the study and production of art since 2015 and am grateful to acknowledge I have truly found a passion. Whether connecting with fellow artists through reading, visiting or learning, I find the study and application of art deeply fulfilling.
My art typically represents a connection with nature; of places I have experienced first hand. My aim is to have my audience share this connection whether they have been to the same place or not. My subjects commonly have water in its various forms whether lakes, streams, oceans or snow. My muses are either captured 'en plein air' (outdoor painting) or through my own photography or imagination. I have travelled many world destinations, as well lived in Australia for over a decade. Already I have a lifetime of inspiration at hand and have only just begun.
We are a sum of our experiences and influences, although I can't name all of the phenomenal people who have made my life what it is today, I can mention the art influences that have been instrumental in my progress:
Jonn Einerssen, Doug Swinton, Neil Hamelin, Brent Heighton, Dennis Webber, Mike Svob, Ron Heddrick, Dene Croft, Alan Wylie, Richard McDiarmid, Neil Patterson, Gene Prokop, Robert Bosler, Jeffrey Baker, The Kelowna Palette Club, The Federation of Canadian Artists, My friends and family.
I also must give thanks to those artists who wrote about their experiences and contributed to my knowledge:
Robert Genn, Edgar Payne, Robert Henri, Richard Schmidt, John Carlson and the list goes on...