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I grew up in the shadows of grain elevators. Many years were spent in fields, hauling hay, working crops, watching the weather, and viewing the vibrant colors that nature and man created with the land.
In my artwork I am creating an observance of the effects of human interaction with the landscape and the sky. Whether it is snow drifting across roads and fields, a field with hay bales, an area that has eroded from too many years of over work, the patchwork and circles created by planting, irrigation and roads, the viewer gathers information by just observing what interaction has happened in that place.
The titles of my pieces are usually answers to questions. These titles, or “answers”, are from conversations I overheard farmers and ranchers having as I was growing up working the land.
What I hope to achieve in using these “answers” as titles is to cause the viewer to create their own question that fits the “answer”, or title of the piece. At many of my exhibits this has sparked lively and creative discussions about what is going on in the painting. Each viewer brings their own unique ideas and stories to the piece, and thus a two dimensional piece of art begins to come off of the wall and becomes a personal, yet ever-changing experience.
Artist Statement, Big Sky Series
Though the sky has always featured prominently in my work, the sky here in the San Luis Valley has influenced it even more. The sky here completely dominates the landscape; that intense blue holding the land on the horizon. The Big Sky.
Artist Statement, San Luis Valley , Winter Series
I live part time in the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. It happens to be one of the coldest places in the United States. The air is brittle, and the winter fog and hoar frost are mesmerizing. The "face" and feel of the valley are drastically different in the winter. Everything changes from the summer's irrigated green fields full of alfalfa and produce to a cloak of stillness and white.