Treasured Montana Artist Statement
“Direct observation of wildlife provides me with plenty of inspiration. I’ve seen fox flirting on snow banks, deer playing rowdy games of tag in the meadow, and heard coyotes having late night yodeling fests up the hill. I paint the spirit and spunk I see in animals as they root, romp and rest just outside my studio door.
My primitive painting style has developed through years of exploring the versatile medium of acrylics. I usually have an idea in mind and a list of colors gleaned from the local surroundings. The acrylics are layered. Wax is sandwiched in between. Excavation of the layers is done by scraping and sanding. Colors Merge. Shapes appear. Rock like textures surface. Compositions are honed through various techniques such as masking, taping or etching into wet paint. A satiny patina of hand rubbed paste wax creates a durable finish to the piece.
My paintings reflect the rugged elegance of the West and express the enchanting pleasures of living here.”