...the first snow that falls early in Novemeber crystallizing the trees and landscape.
...the summer sunset that illuminates the countryside.
...the mist that settles in the valleys on cool nights, with the canopies of oak trees standing above it all.
...the signs of Spring with bird nests full of life, and the blooming of wild flowers across the fields.
All of nature continues to inspire and intoxicate me. The older I get, the more I realize how intricate our world was created. The Bible says "Ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds, and they will tell you. Speak with the earth and it will teach you, even the fish will relate the story to you. All creatures know that the Lord's hands have created our beautiful earth". (Job 12:7-10). I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend outdoors, as it is my time to pray, dream and compose new works - which is why my passion is to capture landscapes and nature.
From a young boy, I have always had a passion for nature. I would spend every free second I had walking the fields and woods around our home in Ohio observing and studying every aspect of nature. When most kids would rush home to play with their friends after school, I would grab my sketchbook and head to the woods to draw the trees, ponds, and little critters that I would see.
I was an avid fisherman, hunter, trapper, and bow hunter in my early years. My life changed drastically however one evening while checking my trapline in October of 1980. To this day, I do not talk about, and won't here. I just want to say, this event had such an impact on my life that I stopped all trapping and hunting that very day. I now want to capture nature with my brush and canvas.
I often sketch, paint, and/or photograph outdoors first to capture color and setting, then I move indoors to refine the painting. My goal is to have the viewer’s eyes flow comfortably through a piece and to draw them into the canvas. I want the person to feel as if they have visited the place I’m painting. The medium I use is oils on canvas, linen, or panel. The oil paints provide me with rich colors and a longer drying period to make changes on the canvas.
The Next Painting
In my heart, there is always another painting just around the bend. Often people will ask me, which painting is your favorite? With a smile, I always say, “My Next One!”.