I find being immersed in nature has the ability to lift the soul, and my goal is to translate this emotion through my canvas so that the viewer can journey with me. Having been inspired by the impressionists, I strive to capture the vibrant energy and intrinsic beauty of our natural surroundings in a contemporary way, using broader strokes, thicker textured paint and vibrant colors. In order to achieve the desired mood in this series, I combine my impressionistic flair for painting with a sculptor’s technique, thereby creating multi-dimensional images.
By applying oil paint thickly using palette knives, these 3-dimensional canvases can take up to months to create, as I build layer upon layer waiting for each one to dry. The resulting style achieves a richness of depth that explodes with color, flows with light, and evokes an emotional response, so as to raise one’s spirits and suggest childlike wonder.