“Being There”, focused, engulfed, part of the landscape, a participant and a spectator, breathing it all in, trying to find that story. Time stands still and flies by, colors, temperatures are felt, assumed and applied. The scene abstracts in front of me and shapes emerge that collectively identify something. It could be the feel of the wind , light on a surface, maybe shadows in an old barn, built long ago by some tough hands. Could be the pattern of rocks in the sand or the lean of everything towards the sun.
Painting landscapes “en plein air” on location, in the moment, can be tricky business. I have a lot of stuff that I need to bring with you. It can feel like a camping trip. Easel, paints, canvas or panels, water, bug spray, sun protection, food, it can go on and on, but I have to carry it somehow. What does it smell, taste, sound and feel like? What is so interesting? Being there, in the moment, living it.
Many of the locations in this show are from Ross County, Oh. Some are from my travels. Most are painted on location, a few from the studio.
So, as you go through the show, I hope you enjoy being there with me.
I attended Columbus College of Art and Design in 1973-1975 and then again in the 1980’s.
I began my commercial career at the Chillicothe Gazette newspaper (designer/illustrator) and ended my design careerin 2016 from The Ohio State University (30 years/Senior Graphic Designer).
I am an artist, musician, and avid outdoorsman. I share my home with my wife, Melissa and our animals in rural Ross county, Ohio. A Ross County, Ohio resident more than 50 years.
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