I work in several mediums: pastel, oil, and acrylic, but teach mainly in pastel and oil. I have outlined what I’ve found to be the most important need of an art student: Good drawing, creating an atmosphere, when is a painting truly finished. I have 40 years of experience in teaching; I’ve taught from coast to coast in America as well as in France. Every year I invite Americans to join me for a week of plein air study in France. I demonstrate my style and then give personal guidance, all on location in the French villages. The French art magazine, Pratique des Arts, wrote an article about my teaching in 2016.
I believe that a painting is not just an illusion in two dimensions, but also a moment in life, captured on canvas. Painting is a language varying in mood and atmosphere that reflects the diversities of life itself. I enjoy the challenges of various subjects as much as possible; not only through those choices, but also through how I elect to portray those subjects. Allowing the viewer to interpret and finish parts of the painting is more interesting than if the painting is totally spelled out for them. I want the viewer to see the use of the medium, the end of the brush stroke, the spontaneity, the freshness of a new painting. If I can give the viewer an impression of the atmosphere, a sense of light and deep shadows, if I can just open their eyes to the simple beauty around us, then Ihave accomplished a great deal