The landscape of my home really gets to me. From first coming to Idaho in ’79, the uniqueness of it and the evocative nature of it struck me in the gut. It seemed to me the most compelling and visually stunning, most mesmerizing land I had seen. I wanted to interact with it, have a dialogue with it. Just how does one have a dialogue with the land? Eventually, I discovered that by drawing and painting it, I could satisfy some of those cravings. So, I taught myself to paint so I could experience a deeper understanding of my home. It was really that simple.
Now, after many years in this endeavor, I see myself participating in the unique tradition of American landscape painting; not the postcard variety, but as the California painters and the Taos painters did for their lands. I am saying in my paintings that this land right here, our land, is uniquely aesthetic, fragile, evocative, and worthy of close attention and study simply for its own sake. It is our home, it is what we all share, and it defines us in ways we don’t always understand.
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