I began studying landscape painting a couple of years ago, which taught me as much about how to see, as how to manipulate oil paint. Outdoors, I now look with different eyes, simplifying shapes, reducing objects to values, noticing form before content. Camera and sketchbook provide notes for paintings that are a combination of field observation, memory, invention and studio work. I'm a big fan of non-local color.

Every painting could be titled "what it looked like (to me)". Nature is a generous teacher, offering endless variations on a theme. There's much to learn, and I'm a lifelong student:

East Carolina University, BA English/studio art

Continuing studies:
Curt Butler, contemporary landscape workshop
Assumption College, M.A.T. (art education, incomplete)
Armory Art Center, W. Palm, FL, pastel
Bowling Green State University, art history
School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, life drawing
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, watercolor
DeCordova Museum, Lexington MA, mixed media
Crealde School of Art, Winter Park FL, monoprint
Braitman Studio, Charlotte, oil painting
Jane Filer, Emerald Isle, painting workshop
Greg Barnes, Charlotte, pastel workshop
Diane Pike, Lake Norman, plein air workshop

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