My love of nature comes mostly from having taken hundreds of long walks in the beautiful fields behind my grandparents’ home when I was a kid. These early experiences greatly influenced how I see the beauty and complexity of the natural world.
I still spend time almost every day walking in the woods near my home or driving around taking photographs of interesting old farmhouses and stonewalls, abandoned factory buildings, birds, animals, trees and grasses and anything off the beaten path. Many of the smallest most intricate details are then worked into my art. Emphasizing the little ‘everyday’ things and keeping things natural is what helps make my art come alive.
I have always loved to draw. Pencil is my medium of choice and has been so for over 25 years. The pencil shows everything in values and allows me to create depth and texture without having to rely on color. I love thinking about negative space and then working in the smallest elements to create depth and the illusion of texture. My studio is a collection of old feathers and branches, leaves and stones, and just like certain elements of my reference photographs, these will eventually find their way into one of my drawings.