I’ve always loved art and started learning to draw from “How to Draw” books even before I could read. I would create imaginary memory pictures. One of my first memory pictures is running barefoot in the soft sand of a dry desert ravine. In the foreground are my discarded little sandals. I’m running into the yellow setting sun with my long golden-brown hair flying wildly.
I continued to dream of being an artist into adulthood. In college I pursued my dream, receiving a BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach. Over the years I have explored many mediums, styles and subject matter before finding my niche of painting realistic landscapes in oil.
I work in series capturing transcendent natural moments. I’m always in search of the perfect moment, lighting and mood. In order to create my refined ethereal paintings, first I photograph the raw idea. Next it’s fine-tuned through Photoshop using my artistic eye. Finally, it’s into the studio where my brush brings the idea to life through a marriage of classical techniques with contemporary flair. I endeavor to render my landscapes realistically while capturing the mood and essence by depicting the scenery through techniques of alla prima (wet into wet) combined with vibrant colors and high contrast.