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being an artist is not just my career. it is an integral part of who i am and is something that i am compelled to do. my work reflects my interest in boats, water, nature, and the human figure. i work in oil primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value. and application of paint. color sings to me and i try to use its harmony to connect to others. i love to paint plein air (on location) landscapes which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation from life. in my portraiture work, i strive to show not only their appearance but also a part of their personality and when i do this i know it is a successful painting that a family can cherish for years to come. painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us and life around us.