Welcome to my art blog. I’ve been painting since I was a kid, and completed my first “real painting” in watercolor at age 16. Through high school and college I did a variety of pencil, watercolor and pen/ink drawings – mostly of birds. But in 2005, I became even more inspired by watching Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Artist in Residence Bill Lathrop as he gave a demonstration at a Munising High School art class. From that experience I purchased the materials and started painting in oils. Some 100 paintings later, I am still working on “getting it right” and exploring new techniques to express what I see in the Upper Peninsula landscape that is so interesting.
There are many artists who have informed my work, but the most important are Canada’s Group of Seven – A.Y. Jackson, Fred Varley, J.E.H. McDonald, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, Franz Johnston and perhaps most of all, Tom Thompson.
Sailing occupies late spring, summer and early fall, so I primarily paint in the quieter part of the year.
Below is a selection of available paintings. If you are interested in one, let me know.