The tree and fence rows, fields, orchards, and ponds, planned and planted by my ancestors resonate within me. These landscapes inspire me to paint their light and beauty.
The canvas is created as a studio landscape in water-soluble oil paint derived from specific places. The scene is to invoke a universal memory for the viewer.
Often visiting the Leelanau peninsula for inspiration, a place with rolling hills, farms, orchards and dunes dominated by the presence of Lake Michigan. A place settled by early homesteaders some of which is now protected by the National Park Service.
The work usually includes marks of human interaction with the land, such as structures, roads, or fence posts depicting the fragility and impermanence of our struggling environment.
Growing up on a farm in Ionia County, Michigan surrounded by places familiar to seven generations of family members creating a strong connection to the land.
A retired art professor from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, teaching color, design and composition for twenty five years.
Studio materials are solvent-free oil paints. Respectful of personal health as well as that of our planet. It is a pleasure to use my acquired skills and experience in my studio by simplifying the forms I see in nature.