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From my studio in my home near Wild Rose, Wisconsin, overlooking a quiet lake, I am inspired to paint my observations of the Created world around me. The quiet woods, rolling farmland, winding streams and pristine lakes that are near my home are often the subjects of my landscape paintings. The soft light of early morning, a shroud of fog, the long shadows of late day; the way the light falls on a scene and the mood created by the light is what often attracts my attention. When working en plein air, I quickly capture the moment with broad strokes using the side of the pastel. Whether the work is completed outdoors or in my studio from field sketches and my reference photos, I try to recall my initial emotional response. Expressing the mood evoked by a scene is of more interest to me than creating a literal interpretation. When I have made a connection with the viewer by stirring an emotion or memory, or perhaps a new way of relating to the land, that for me is a successful painting.
I am a member of the Pastel Society of America, The Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association, Wisconsin Visual Artists and the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association.
My work can be seen at the following galleries: The Jura Silverman Gallery in Spring Green, Wisconsin, The Hang Up Gallery of Fine Art in Neenah, Wisconsin, and the Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
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