My paintings explore intellectual, emotional and aesthetic responses to the varied landscapes of South Dakota, the Northern Plains and West.
My art also reflects the iconography of the modern American West; the associated myths, and traditions that haunt it are still very much with us today. The tableaus and dramas of our shared histories are still playing out on a landscape that in many ways remains unchanged; yet in many instances, it would be nearly unrecognizable by past inhabitants. However, we can seek out and experience the contemporary landscapesthat shaped our past – and that continue to shape us today.
Regarding process, my studio paintings refer to actual topographical places, but often, the scenes presented do not exist per se– they are created, interpretive pictures. I frequently work on location creating plein aire studies, that are reference material(s) for the larger, studio paintings.
Aesthetically, I am rooted in the traditions of the American Schools, including the Hudson River Painters, California Impressionists, and the Taos and Santa Fe groups. The 19thcentury French Academic Schools and Impressionism also serve as guides.