Concept, composition and color all play an important role in the development of my paintings. ?A lifetime of drawing, architecture, building trades, worldwide mission trips and photography has provided me with an appreciation for the arts, the built environment and creation. The joys and challenges of drawing maps, ships, cars and comics soon turned into rendering wildlife and ultimately architecture in my later years. Painting and striving to create a work of art is currently one of the most?rewarding challenges within my craft. The discovery of contemporary?masters to learn from is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. For me, the?process of art is complex, but exhilarating and a stubborn reminder that?many times less is more. It often feels like a gift or a privilege not just to?squeeze out satisfying oil paints and mix them, but to experience and enjoy?the beauty, serenity and subtexts of nature. I?m thankful for the ability to?anticipate and produce paintings and try to keep that perspective each time?I prepare for a new work. Living in Michigan provides lots of adventure and?subject matter to capture on canvas. Great Lakes, dunes, lighthouses,?boats, cars and scenic landscapes all provide great reference material for?this contemporary artist to explore and work with.