My artwork (mainly oil) captures people in the moment in landscapes, gardens and cityscapes. I prefer oil because of its plasticity and brilliance and the way colors interact with each other. I paint for my own pleasure and enjoyment, having retired from the tech industry in 2012 and started oil painting in 2013. My artwork will be on display at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts from August 14 through October 15, 2018.
My art starts with photos I take in the course of my ramblings. I isolate the images that attract me and start the work of transferring the image in my mind's eye into an art piece seen by others. I begin with a charcoal drawing to create the design, followed by a small oil sketch to make sure the design works as a painting. Next, on a larger linen canvas, I create a broad under-painting in red-browns to establish light and dark values. I then lay the color in detail on the dried light/dark values using bristle and sable brushes. I check that the painting works when seen close up and at a distance. A painting can take me 1 to 3 months to complete.