Make time to do what you Love
I’ve always enjoyed getting outside and hiking, biking, or just walking and observing the trees, birds, and clouds. We’re surrounded by a whirlwind of activity, busyness, and electronic gadgets. I like to paint trees and natural landscapes as a calm alternative to the self-made chaos frequently going on in our lives. I enjoy painting trees juxtaposed against wild backgrounds. Chaos and Calm, tranquility in the midst of busyness.
As a young teenager, I spent a couple summer vacations living with my Grandma and Pop in southern California near the Mohave desert. My Grandma, whom I renamed Grimsley, was a professional painter and instructor. I loved hanging out in her art room and studio. I enjoyed the smell and feel of the paint, the brushes, knives and palettes. I’d accompany her to art shows and expos. We’d drive around and pick up supplies and frames, and deliver her art around town. She taught me early on that people like to see paint on the canvas.
I like to create paintings that don’t look exactly like photographs. I want the viewer to see and feel the paint... the energy, flow, light and contrast.
I strive to create art that connects with the viewer, and impacts then not only on a visual level, but emotionally as well. I'm inspired by the great impressionists, and of course my wonderful Grandma Grimsley...whose brushes, knives and palettes I now use in my own work. Hopefully channeling some of her love, passion, and zest for life through my hands.