As an artist from the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio) much of my work represents the landscapes and wildlife that can be found in southern Ohio. I like to paint subjects I know and see everyday — rural landscapes, backyard birds, local fauna and flora. Different seasons and changing light conditions keep familiar subjects fresh and new.
I also love travelling and experiencing new places. Observing things that are different and unfamiliar can generate a lot of inspirational energy. While travelling I do so with an artist's eye, noting interesting compositions, light, shadow and color details, while mentally composing paintings.
I've been interested in drawing and natural history for as long as I can remember, learning the local plants, animals and geology and how everything is interconnected. After completing a biology BS degree from Northern Kentucky University I worked in pharmaceutical research for several years. Eventually my nature and art interests converged at Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio where I worked as Artist & Exhibits Manager for 19 years, designing and illustrating the Center's publications and interpretive exhibits. It was during that time I really honed my art and naturalist skills.
Mediums I usually work with are watercolors and oils. Watercolors (and with color pencil) work best for rendering the fine details of nature illustrations and field sketches. Oil paint is my choice for landscapes and subjects best portrayed impressionistically, where not every detail is defined but implied.
I am currently involved with a number of nature conservation groups and create art pieces to help educate people about the importance of biodiversity in nature. I work from my home studio in Batavia, Ohio.
Professional Art Memberships
Plein air painting.