crystallizes emotion, then fixes it in form. An artist
must find balance between technical and emotional aspects
of creating art. Artwork may demonstrate a high degree
of emotion and innovation, but if it is technically flawed,
then it is unlikely the artwork can be totally successful.
If its foundation is based on an inadequate understanding
of perspective, ineffective value relationships, or bad
composition, it will likely fail as an effective work
of art. The strength of a work comes from the foundation
established by the composition and other technical elements.
It’s important to base a work on this foundation,
but art must go beyond technical skill.
An artwork needs feeling to transcend from ordinary, to
extraordinary. The artist should have a resonance, or
spiritual connection with the subject. This sensitivity
balances form with content and breathes life into the
I want my artwork to engage the viewer in a way that even
the most commonplace scenes of life take on a compelling
significance. My work depicts everyday scenes that are
more about quality of light, presence, or sense of place,
than a specific site. In these scenes, I strive to cut
beneath the surface description to find an inner quality
that makes these places and moments unique. To accomplish
this, I infuse my art with both a technical and emotional
response to the subject. My artwork is an attempt to transmit
my feelings through form, mind, and hand, to bring to
the viewer my vision of the world. Sharing my vision is
challenging, engaging, compelling, absorbing, and satisfying.
Distilling an emotional response to a subject, then capturing
it in form is what motivates me as an artist. This involves
“dancing with the muse,” where technical skills,
feelings, experience, and wisdom all synthesize into a
magical process that captivates, energizes, and inspires