My paintings explore and interpret the varied landscapes of South Dakota, the Northern Plains and West.
The iconography of the modern American West - the associated myths, and traditions - are still very much with us today. Our shared histories are still playing out on a landscape that in many ways remains unchanged, but would be nearly unrecognizable by past inhabitants. I am drawn to these contemporary landscapes that shaped our past – and that continue to shape our modern times.
I frequently work on location creating plein-aire studies, that are reference material(s) for the larger, studio paintings. My studio paintings refer to actual topographical places, but often, the scenes presented do not exist per se– they are created, interpretive pictures.
Aesthetically, I am rooted in the traditions of the American Schools, including the Hudson River Painters, California Impressionists, the Southwest schools. The 19th century Academic Schools and Impressionism also serve as guides.