I made my first on location, plein air, painting in 1973. My influences then were the French Impressionist, mostly Monet, Pissarro and Sisley. At the time I was working full time and attending art classes at Chaffey Community College in Southern California.
I was born and raised in Ontario California, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. By the summer of 1975 I decided to become a full time painter. I quit my job, left school and moved to Santa Cruz in Northern Ca. I always loved the northern part of the state and wanted to get away from everything I knew up to that point and start a fresh life as a painter.
I think I had about $5,000 dollars in my bank account. In my mind, enough money to make a start at really exploring and trying to learn how to paint. My work at the time was very rough but I had no doubt that I would grow and survive.
After a couple of years I move further north to Humboldt County and have remained here, with a couple of adventures elsewhere, since 1977. Humboldt is where my education as a painter really started. There were several painters in the area whom I met through a life drawing group. Three of them, Curtis Otto, James Moore and George Van Hook became close friends as well as the three painters I learned so much from for the next few years. We painted daily together and George and I shared a studio for a couple of years. Working so closely with artists beyond ones own level was such a great way to learn to see.
In 1984 I met my wife, Terry. She was working as a graphic at the time we met but by the time we were married in 1988 she began painting as a fine artist full time. Terry has been another major infulence in my development as an artist. To have a partner and companion on a daily bases that sees in ways I don't, and paints her view of life, opened my work and continues to do so. We also both believe in painting from life, outdoors and in the studio. We both paint a lot of still life and figure painting when not working outdoors.
I paint small and large on location. I've painted as large as 54x84 outdoors, but normally work 9x12 to 30x40. I may work one to fifteen or twenty sittings outdoors. I have no set rules but work until I feel I've completed the painting. Sometimes years later I will re-work a painting in the studio when I feel it is not quite working. It is funny how time can often change how we perceive our work.
I always look at as much art as I can, historical and contemporary. I learn from all of it. I will always keep painting and trying to grow as a painter. I think that will never end.
I've posted one of my small plein air and one larger plein air below.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and look at my work.
2015 First Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition $15,000 award plus cover story in the September 2015 issue
2015 Gold Medal For Best Painting 104th Gold Medal Exhibition, cCalifornia Art Club
2015 Laguna Canyon Foundation Award, Laguna Beach 17th Plein Air Invitational
2014 Best of Show, Laguna Beach 16th Plein Air Invitational
2014 2nd place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition
2014 Franz Bischoff Award for Best Still Life 103rd Gold Medal Exhibition, Californai Art Club
2014 Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence 103rd Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club
2014 and 2015 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition
2013 3rd Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition