When I am working on a piece, I know that I belong at the easel. My artwork
receives my utmost attention. My time dedicated to this practice is
invaluable to me, made possible by the space and materials I have allowed
myself for this lifestyle, supported by the time and effort I have invested
in learning how to draw and paint, and proven by my existing body of work.
When I am away from my easel, I am usually looking at my surroundings for
potential compositions or considering how I will begin my next session.
In the course of creating a picture in progress, there are many exciting
stages for me. The beginning includes deciding upon the subject matter,
medium, size, and length of time I will devote to the project. The stages of
completion include the joy of applying the materials, in depicting large
masses and fine details. The desired result is the reward of successfully
portraying what I had in mind from the start. I tend to place strong
emphasis on light effects, which provides dimensional information about
objects and their environment. Compositions should be graceful, the
foreground and most important details moving the eye through the picture
while the background and more neutral elements support the scene without
failing to be interesting.
Technically speaking, the act of creating a picture is cooperatively manual
and visual, though I find it to be more cognitive and less physical. A
finished piece should show no signs of struggle or forced effort. Elegant
craftsmanship must be executed by making decisions before materials are
applied to the surface. Once the piece has been developed accurately, final
spontaneous additions can be added for a life-like quality.
I usually find a favorite detail in my finished piece like a highlight on a
flower or sunlight striking a lake or a well-modeled pair of eyes, but I never want this detail to be isolated or noticeably better than the rest of the piece. While my paintings encompass a wide range of subjects, my purpose remains to finish a picture worth studying over and over.