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Artist Statement

My work consists of watercolors, oils and mixed media. My medium of choice for several years has been watercolors. Iíve been experimenting with watercolor/ collagraph (a form of intaglio print making) and Iím now exploring watercolor collage and oil collage. Iím utilizing collage to transform the traditional two dimensional painting medium into a three dimensional visual surface while continuing to paint on flat surfaces.Miller's Farm Although my subject matter may be somewhat representational at times, consisting of traditional landscapes such as barns set in snow scenes and still lives, several of my current paintings are contemporary abstracts and impressionist landscapes. In my snow scenes, I like to contrast the warm colors of weathered barn siding with the cool color variations of snow. Iím a minimalist and do not like to over load my paintings with excessive details since my objective is to present to the viewer just enough content to capture a mood or emotion. Several of my paintings convey a peaceful, homelike, intimate realism. My secondary passion is photography. Iíve been doing photography work for over a decade. Initially my purpose was to utilize photographs to create paintings (of which I still do) but, photography has opened up my eyes and mind to additional artistic expressions. I find myself constantly analyzing everything around me which allows me to create endless possibilities for subject matter.

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