“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the masters, seek what they sought”
              – Basho

I see myself and the pictures that I paint as part and parcel of the long and spiritual tradition of the connection of man to nature through art. In that vein, I strive through my work to show what has moved me deeply in the natural world.

There is a rhythm in nature: the way branches grow, the patterns of grasses, the cryptic markings of birds and animals. If one can tap into such rhythms in a realistic way, one has an endlessly fascinating and limitless amount of subject matter. Birds and animals in the landscape should not be painted for their own sake, but for an artistic unity in the composition and context of their surroundings. The most important aspect of a painting is for it to be alive, radiating energy and moods. I mix a traditional technique with expressionist influence through watercolor and oil.

For me, the zenith of painting was reached during the impressionist period, and many of those painters have had a profound impact on me.  While my influences are many, nothing can replace the time spent in the field. The concepts for my pictures come from countless hours outdoors, fishing, hunting or simply observing. I stick fairly close to home in rural Connecticut and paint the subject matter I know and love.

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