I first traveled to nothern Michigan in 2008 and was smitten with the landscape: the coastal dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore; the clear blue-green water of Lake Michigan; the turquoise jewels of innumerable smaller bodies of water; orchards with grapes, cherries, apples and apricots; and, perhaps best of all, fields of blueberries, all ripe for the picking and eating. With it's cool northern light and long summer days it's not only a growers paradise, but this landscape painter's heaven on earth.
A gem of an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques has been a second home since 1994. The landscape inspires a colorful palette of intensely saturated hues. Island themes never fail to intrigue me: the deep shade of the jungle; horses roaming free on beaches and byways; rocky cliffs seen in relief against the mar azul.
This collection represents a new direction in my work. Departing from the outer reference of scenic locations, these paintings have their origin in my emotional and spiritual life. Intuitive, energetic and spontaneous in nature, these inner landscapes invite you to contemplate a non-ordinary reality.
Plein air studies and photo references often lend themselves to further development. In my studio I explore shapes and colors that reveal dimensions hidden within the landscape. It's in these works I find the greatest freedom to create.