Plein Air Paintings
I have been hooked on outdoor landscape painting since taking a class from Neil Sherman in Grand Marais in 2007. Propelled by instruction from Joe Paquet, Mary Pettis, Dan Mackerman and countless other sources of inspiration and technique, I use plein air painting to keep up and advance my technical skills and enjoy the company of other artists. In my process, a plein air painting is an imperfect attempt to capture a moment's essence. Painting under duress of weather, wind, and fleeting light, plein air is bound to keep any painter humble and accountable to Nature's infinite beauty and complexity.
I visited Iceland for the first time in 2016 on a short stop before continuing to Europe. Lured by the prospect of horseback rides in spectacular scenery, I was smitten by the whole experience of Iceland: its people, language, history, horses, volcanoes, glaciers... I could go on and on. I began creating a series of paintings about my horseback adventures in 2019 on an expedition along the Snaefelsnes peninsula. Paintings are exhibited at Gallery Equus and were featured in a solo exhibit at the Gallery at Zeller Studio in June-July 2022 titled "By Horseback: Paintings from Worldwide Horseback Adventures."
As a child, I was so in love with horses that I believed I was unique. Surely no one could be as passionate about them as I was, obsessively drawing and painting them and pretending to be one. It didn't take long to realize I am part of a human tribe of horse lovers: people born with an affinity so strong, they are compelled to dedicate themselves to horsemanship or equine art. I have owned or worked with horses much of my life, but now dedicate avocational time to equestrian travel and equine art. The paintings in this collection reflect my interest in all kinds of horses and the places they thrive.