Oil on canvas
Standing sentinel above Saddle Lake in the Sawtooth mountain range is our locally famous Elephant’s Perch peak. A coveted climbing peak, it feels to me just like its name, a large sleeping elephant, waiting to be discovered.
An expressionistic painter focused on painting the geology of Idaho, I seek to tunnel into the unseen territory of a location’s soul to find the hidden qualities that mark the story of my subject. My notion of a soul’s portrait revealing itself lies in my childhood experiences exploring fields and hills, riding my horse, spending summers in the Sawtooths, adopting stray cats, and playing hide-and-go-seek with my dogs in the cornfields. The fields and mountains of Idaho were my playground. Wherever I go, every subject has a story to be told; I want to awaken those stories in the viewer.