There is nowhere I’d rather be than on a new trail through some wild place with my family with my paints in my pack.
Over the years, my work is constantly wavering along the spectrum from representation to abstraction. What has persisted is that the paintings have always been about the beauty and connection that can be found in nature. I see my paintings as souvenirs of transient moments, fossilized in paint to hang on the wall and remind me to go hiking and visit those places again.
I’m attracted to saturated color and crisp edges. I work almost entirely in plein air, letting the whole world be my studio. It is important to me to be directly experience the landscape I am creating and I love that some of the dust, air and sunlight from the place I am responding to actually touches the fibers of the canvas.
I live with my wife Lauren and our two outdoor-loving daughters in Santa Barbara. I have taught art for fifteen years at Dos Pueblos High School. My book “Wild Seeds” is a collection of interactive drawings and whimsical poems about nature connection and awareness.