A Contemporary Impressionist Artist
I was asked a few days ago why I described myself as a “contemporary impressionist” oil painter. First, I am alive and well and I would like to think young and relevant - thus contemporary. Impressionist because my paintings are my interpretation of the subject using techniques to maintain the subject but push the form. I am generally working from reality in my studio or from photographs of southern landscapes. I begin painting by connecting with the subject but once loosely defined, I begin to make choices based on the development of the painting not the source of the subject.
I am drawn especially to floral still life and landscapes because they both lend themselves to softening the edges and taking liberty with the subject. My paintings generally have a clear subject - a still life, a landscape, a figure but I utilize the color or brushwork to create beyond the impression. I am trying to capture the subject by sculpting the shapes on the canvas, forming the subject stroke by stroke.