As a child I would spend as much time outdoors as allowed. I believe this appreciation of nature led to a later affinity for the naturalistic paintings of the late 19th century. I work using traditional techniques, with the goal of capturing the subtle natural appearance of the land and atmosphere. My compositions are developed through a series of on-site sketches, and paintings are executed in the studio. Each canvas begins with a tonal underpainting and is built up in layers with an emphasis on dark and light value contrast and appreciation for the paint surface.
I have been primarily influenced by artists working in the realist tradition, both contemporary and antique. I am especially inspired by American Hudson River and White Mountain School artists including John F. Kensett, Benjamin Champney, Alfred T. Bricher, Martin Johnson Heade, and George Inness to name only a few. As an avid museum patron, and through working in art galleries, I have been able to further develop an appreciation and understanding for traditional painting by closely examining works that interest me.
I hold a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. My continuing artistic development includes mentorships under renowned artists Warren and Lucia Prosperi, of Prosperi Studio, and Peter Greaves.