I have always had a great appreciation for the beauty of nature and for all forms of artistic expression. Being raised on a farm, the beauty of flowers, vegetable gardens and fields of buckwheat and flax inspired my early artistic endeavours. As I grew older and had the opportunity to further widen my experiences I found art galleries, books and inspiring teachers, which exposed me to the many facets of the art world. The masterpieces of the impressionists produced in oil quickly became my favourites and my paintings developed to reflect this style as well as my love for nature.
As I matured further as an artist other avenues of expression presented themselves and my artistic taste grew to include other styles and medium. Now I fully appreciate the graphic shapes and textures provided by the abstract as well as the gentle flowing freedom so inherent in many contemporary paintings. My own work now reflects this broadening outlook. I am equally at home in these three multi faceted environments all of which permit me to express my love for nature regardless of the style or medium employed.
My traditional paintings are influenced by 19th century impressionists especially Claude Monet. The medium I prefer in these paintings is oil which seems best suited to develop the atmosphere and beauty that I am striving to convey. Many of my traditional pieces are inspired by my love of gardening and scenic vistas although occasionally I am inspired by something totally unrelated.
My contemporary paintings evolve from my appreciation of traditional art and my desire for more innovative expression. The wide variety of medium available to the contemporary artist provides me with an almost limitless choice for achieving a fresh and unique piece. My contemporary work now tends towards large pieces with particular attention to colour and texture.