I have always lived within a few miles of a fourteen thousand foot peak, but growing up in Colorado that is not unusual. The landscape of the West has always been a great influence and constant subject for my painting. I exaggerate the geology and heighten the color to express the drama and excitement of the landscape. At the turn of the twentieth century artists such as Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt interpreted the newly explored west in exaggerated compositions for an audience who could not otherwise imagine the vast expanses or the awe inspiring heights of the landscape.
Modern artists working in New Mexico and Colorado continue to influence my work. They simplified the landscape and abstracted shapes to express the beauty and awe inspiring vistas they saw and felt. I feel my work pays homage to these earlier artists and the tradition of landscape painting. I am also very interested in how the viewer interprets my paintings. Everyone sees or feels something different about my work. Just as in nature the environment affects each person differently.
Once I graduated from high school I got a job in an art gallery and remained there for many years. I studied privately with several artists in Colorado who instilled in me a deep appreciation of modern art movements of the twentieth century. In 1984 I married my artist wife Sushe and we opened our own contemporary gallery in Colorado Springs, which closed 6 years later. For the past 30 years we have painted and exhibited our work throughout the West while maintaining our home and studios in Denver, Colorado.