In my work, I aspire to capture that “something else” about a place, and to recreate the feeling of “being there.” Atmosphere, emotion and the transmission of light
fascinate me. It goes beyond mere rendering into seeing beyond the outline into a scene’s essence. It is not enough to merely paint the literal view. One needs to bring out the spirit that lies within. It is this emotionality that I am after. When I was a professional photographer, my job was to tell the story about a place with imagery. The job was to “get the shot,” one image that would stand alone and tell the story. This legacy is carried into my current work. The painting must connect you to the place in the way words cannot. If I can make you feel this emotionality, then I have succeeded.
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