I am constantly inspired by the natural world;the sunrises and sunsets, the ordinary uptate NY landsape that I see on a daily basis. Of course, I also am deeply moved by the majestic: the rivers and streams and mountains that are part of this landscape. I could go on and on about light and shadow, the underlying abstract and spiritual components of any subject matter (other locales, interiors, still lifes or some combination) but I create art because I have a need to make visual the excitement I felt when I first looked at (or thought about) the subject at hand, searching for the unseen, not just the surface reality.
For my landscapes, I usually work from small studies and quickly taken digital photos. Rarely do I start and finish a piece plein air, but I have a strong desire to work outside. It recharges me. In the studio, I gather all my material and filter the subject matter through my own lens of experience and artistic sensibilities so the work will be a personal interpretation.
I like Paul Klee’s creative credo, “Art does not replicate what we see; rather it makes us see.”