Nature Inspired Realism



For me, the Creative Process is alive when I look at things through “Artist’s Eyes”. I view nature with not only admiration but also by using all of my senses. What I see, hear, and smell adds to my feelings and emotions; then I begin to visualize the potentials of composition, light, atmosphere and the items within that build a strong painting. The image itself often dictates the size of the canvas required.  

At the beginning of creating any piece of art is inspiration, be it physical or conceptual. Hiking and being on the water provides me the opportunity to absorb all the beauty that this world offers. Walking through life with my eyes open and taking time to notice all the subtleties provides the seeds that are sown in the beginning of the creative process. By personally experiencing nature it also allows me to use those senses to write descriptive words that I hope assist in portraying my feeling and my message to the viewer.
  As well as using my own reference photos I sometimes paint or draw studies on location. This trains me to focus and to gather and take in quickly what I have in front of me. Then when using reference photos I can draw on my memory bank to build and strengthen the painting.
Expressive Realism
The Spark - a bullet riddled 1949 Chevolet and a 1950 Pontiac mate hidden away as nature encroaches on their presence.
Work In Progress 1
When I see the image in my mind I can’t wait to face the challenge of creating it. Harnessing an image, thought or feeling and transforming it into reality is the ultimate reward for me as an artist and leaves me hungry to experience the entire creative process again.
Work In Progress 2
Although I intend to continue building on my work capturing nature on canvas some of my more recent pieces are a diversion from Conventional Realism. The subject matter and method will vary and could include portraits or wildlife, whatever expresses or symbolizes the message I wish to convey.
Work In Progress 3
I continue to retain realism in all my work while delving into experimental art through the use of different mediums. The form I use to convey the message has grown to include more sculptural aspects and with that comes new challenges that push my creativity levels.
This piece demanded far more creativity in its execution than just merely paint and canvas could provide. I was stimulated by the challenge of duplicating the weeping quality of rusting bullet holes in metal, using only wood panel, flexible modeling paste and acrylic paint. Below the surface, through the largest bullet hole lies my 1 ½ inch painted copy of Rembrandt’s “Christ on the Cross”. With the use of LED lights and 2 D batteries, “Salvation” morphed into an interactive piece of art. By using the switch located on the side of the painting, the viewer can discover the light within. This work is very symbolic, the rust representing the erosion of physical and emotional wounds. Hope and Salvation is revealed through the sorrows of mankind