Nature inspired images and landscapes
Inspired by the Audubon Community Nature Center’s ponds of spatterdock plants, buzzing with insects and birdlife. Oil on canvas 14x11" gallery wrap
4 carp swim at the surface of the Allegheny Reservoir as seen from Kinzua Dam. The water swirls with colorful leaves rendered in heavy impasto. Dark purple fish and bright lime green water with orange and yellow leaves. 20x24" oil on panel, framed
Mossy rock formations at Panama Rocks, Panama, NY. Foreground features mushrooms, red eft salamander and blue spotted green salamander, Box elder beetles and turkey tail fungus. Oil on panel 16 x 20", framed
Pond abstract with gingko floating leaf and the back part of an eastern newt, a reflective bubble spins between his feet. The bubble and the spotted markings on the salamander give this piece its title. Very dark browns, blacks, purples and gold 20x16" oil on canvas, framed
4-piece canvas set, designed to allow viewer to change arrangement of paintings to center the Earth, Moon, Sky or Sun. The piece illustrates the interplay between natural elements of the universe such as animals, insects, plants and the life-giving sources of the sun the the atmosphere of the Earth. 4-8x8” gallery wrap held to 20.5x20.5" panel with velcro. See video.
plien air and studio work. Began on location at Cty Park on PA/NY state line. Looking towards and away from Conewango Creek. Forground shows local wildlife—wood ducks and viceroy butterfly 20 x 16” oil on canvas, framed
Semi abstract landscape with oversize blue jay and Tussah Caterpillar Dark blues and greens. 20 x 16 oil on panel, framed
Sandhill Cranes in morning mist (with killdeer photo bomb) 36 x 24” oil on panel, framed
Hummingbird female sits on her nest in a larch tree while the ruby-throated male looms into the foreground through bachelor buttons and fiddleheads. Interconnected with the birds, the web of the garden spider is both nest building materials and potential danger. 20x16" oil on canvas, framed
Plein Air view of Hatch Run near Warren, PA. Dark, moody, impasto highlights a single beam of light cutting through the forest. Oil on canvas,11x14"gallery wrap
Very heavy impasto, highly textured abstract of water plants including arrowhead and floating frog bit, dark blues, greens and yellows. Oil on panel, 14x11", framed
Cedar waxwings sparkle in a sycamore tree. 16 x 15.5 oil on panel
Artist’s Statement : This series of oil paintings represent a two-year exploration of the natural world around Chautauqua County, NY. Some subjects are close to my home, like the intimate views of larger-than-life hummingbirds off our front porch and the wildlife around the backyard pond.
Others are familiar scenic locations – The Audubon, Panama Rocks, Point Gratiot – but perhaps with a different visual aspect. Playing with scale and perspective, I sometimes paint what is in front of me and behind me at the same time. A couple of these images hop over the state line into Pennsylvania, including the carp swirling below Kinzua Dam. The natural wonders of this region inspire me to capture and share the essence of the outdoors – the sight, movement and emotion of my experiences.