My philosophy of creating art stems from and strongly incorporates my personal study
of aesthetics, a branch of philosophy dealing with beauty. I strive to capture beauty in each
piece of art. My current work explores feelings of nostalgia and concepts of fragmentation-the
way separate components work to create a whole- within landscapes.
I begin by experiencing nature, hiking, sitting, or driving the back-roads of the
Midwest…observing. I take photographs and notes of areas and spaces that inspire me. Once
back at my studio, I select photographs and begin the painting process. I work through
composition and color to obtain the feel, beauty and essence of the scene. I look for fragments
in the composition and allow myself to stray from the photograph for the benefit of the work as
My current work is strongly influenced by several geographical locations. I take the
colors and feelings from these places in an effort to capture the characteristics that make them
beautiful and near to my heart. I have spent many summers (and some chilly winters) in
northern Wisconsin hiking, boating, and relaxing, and I currently live in Minnesota near the
Landscape Arboretum. My wife’s family is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and I have grown to
appreciate the open prairies and vast expanse of sky. My work focuses on these landscapes.
While the scenery may differ greatly in each of these places, I find a sense of peace and beauty
present among all three.
I have felt an urge to explore the land in these areas through paint, specifically oil. I
choose oil because I enjoy the richness and the luminosity it holds. The size of my work varies
because I feel that landscapes can be either intimate or immense. I try to explore that idea by
experimenting with the scale of my work. My work continues to grow through process and
experimentation of techniques and media.