I am a self-taught artist living and working in Asheville NC.
Inspired by the French Masters of the late 19th Century, I favor the wet on wet approach of oil painting “alla prima”; emphasizing tonal relationships and sound draftsmanship with broad sweeps of a loaded brush. Painting from life is challenging and often unforgiving, but the sense of immediacy it endows a painting is invaluable. Working from the round creates an intimacy between the subject and myself. This personal connection is paramount, and I can’t get that working from a photograph, isolated in a studio.