View of the end of the Sangre De Cristo mountains east of Santa Fe looking out of my studio window serving as a backdrop for the adobe houses. At sunset, the Sangre De Cristo mountains can appear blood red, thus the name. The range spans from Southern Colorado to Santa Fe. Throughout my life I have been inspired by the magnificent landscape of the west, especially those special places where the rock soars.
Another series of watercolors working to achieve a minimalist feel that have started called Canyon lands; using quick strokes with a Japanese writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 22" x 14" unframed
The subjects I choose to paint tend to have an interesting massing, a layering of elements and a quality of light and shadow. As I travel, should I come across a striking scene I may simply take a picture for future reference, draw a quick sketch or paint on site.
Open skies, storms coming in, sweeping vistas, mountains and grasslands all call for broad strokes and bold light and shadows. I strive for an economy of color and execution that can bring a landscape to life. If I can capture the shadows, forms, space at a given moment with the flow of line and color, then I can start to feel that I have succeeded. Working in such a quick, expressive manner can be like playing a jazz riff, improvising with the moment. I start with the basic composition, placing elements as needed, some planning on where I want light and shadow. Then I throw away the sketch, the photograph, look away from the reality and let the paint, the brush and the water flow.