For years I was an abstract impressionist painter using landscape and the human figure as inspiration. But, my work felt derivative and impersonal. I found that while roaming the halls of great museums, I would avoid the 20th century collections and unconsciously find myself amid the 16th, 17th, and 18th century European artists; mesmerized by the beauty of execution, harmony of form and most of all, their unselfconscious love of nature. Their aesthetic dazzled me. I experienced a slow growing realization that I wanted to emulate and re-interpret this beauty as a 20th (now 21st) century artist. The irony is that in order to find my individuality as a painter I had to look to the past.
It has been a quest these many years to paint nature using the format of still life. It is a very controlled discipline that suits my temperament, and allows me to build a composition, making changes as I work the surface, adding, subtracting, and at the same time recording – if it is organic matter - the cycle of life from bloom to decomposition.