ARTIST STATEMENT: Landscape painting feels like a new-found love, but it’s actually an old one, rediscovered.
Now I am expressing what has influenced my creativity for a lifetime . . . childhood memories of having both my father and grandfather in the building trade, an ever-present attraction to God, and a high school art teacher who showed me I had an ability to create beauty.
Beauty and creativity connect me with God. When I am building oils into a canvas, something is happening with God in me that cannot be explained with the word connection. With God I begin to paint with my gut, even from my toenails. And it draws me even nearer to Him and His people, which then takes me back to the dwellings, homes and landscapes that I paint. I wonder: Who lived in them? What were their lives like? Did they recognize God in their surroundings as I do?
With gratitude I am beginning to see what I have been given, and I am now accepting this gift of painting.