I love being alone. As a kid, I spent many of my days on solitary adventures. I loved riding my bike, hiking and swimming. As an adult, I’m still consistently out in nature. I create many plein air drawings and paintings on location. I use these studies, gut reactions, as a basis for my larger paintings. I often work out emotional struggles when I’m alone, out in nature and I try to show these emotional qualities in my work.
Many of these paintings are created from experiences out on Prout’s Neck in Scarborough, Maine. I hike it on off hours and it is a bit remote. I will often do the entire hike and see no other people. This gives me a chance to really be out there, free thinking, absorbing and reacting to the environment.
I love visual storytelling. As a kid, I struggled with reading. I relied mostly on the illustrations for clues to what was happening. It took me on an day dreaming adventure. Without those images, I would have been lost. I really enjoy the art of storytelling through both writing and images.
My personal works are internal reflections of me, stories, daydreams, experiences and struggles. There is meant to be a fantasy element to them and a dreamy quality. I’m trying to attract the audience with those elements but I’m also attempting to say something more.
Autonomy: Wisper, 20"x24" acrylic on canvas
Autonomy: Savoring Solitude, 20"x24", acrylic on canvas
Autonomy: Vanish, 48"x36", oil on canvas
Autonomy: Decompression, 24"x24", acrylic on canvas