As an artist, I am driven to show the beauty that exists in nature from the hills of Pennsylvania, wetlands of South Jersey and the tropics of Florida. I try to find the beauty of a simple flower, plant or butterfly in a natural world. My inspiration comes as I walk along the beach, garden or state park.
Before I start, I record my feelings, color, location, climate, and description in a journal to remember why I was attracted to my subject. My art is like a diary of details and observations. After several sketches in black & white I transfer the drawing to 300lb. hot press paper and begin the watercolor painting. My final touch is a light-handed dry brush technique. It takes me several weeks or months to complete a finished painting. I try to understand what it means to me either by composition, shape or color.
I want my paintings to tell a story and capture the beauty of nature. The viewer can find out everything they need to know about the flower, plant or butterfly through my eyes with the use of colored pencils and watercolors.