I am a Raleigh artist. My gallery studio is in the 311 West Martin Street Gallery and Studios. The gallery is in the Raleigh Warehouse District along the same street as the Visual Art Exchange, Contemporary Art Museum, and Flanders Gallery. The show in the main 311 Gallery is fresh every month, features outstanding invited or juried artists, and opens on First Fridays. I am also represented by the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

I usually work on new paintings during the First Friday Art Walk and can often be found working in the studio on Saturdays from 11:00 to 4:00. Feel free to drop by and watch–even if I have a class going on.

My Earth Series resulted from a conscious effort to concentrate more on balance and value contrast using rich (rather than bright) complementary and contrasting colors. For many of these paintings, small splashes of bright color play against the main design to create movement.

My Dots and Lines Series is playful. Most of these paintings use muted colors with a few bright spots or lines playing off against the basic design. This series uses simple designs, with simple color schemes, but each painting has lots going on to entertain the viewer. Many of these paintings use very limited palettes, such as Black, White, and one color or two colors.

I enjoy pushing the limits of modern acrylics using combinations of transparent watercolor techniques and opaque acrylic techniques in my¬†Riots of Color Series. Each painting has a relatively benign opaque or transparent underpainting overlaid with structured shapes of glazes of bright colors and complementary opaque areas. It’s incredible when you can see multiple layers down through transparent glazes.

“Color adds the spice of life.”

As much as I enjoy abstract art, I cannot completely disregard my landscape roots. In recent years, I have concentrated more on seascapes–somehow sand dunes and sea grasses just calm my soul, regardless of whether a storm is brewing or the day is bright and sunny. I am presently painting a series of North Carolina Lighthouses and a series on Marsh Islands. Our lighthouses have been standing tall as sentinels against distress, and now many of them need help themselves. The Marsh Island series makes me remember years of searching through the marsh mud with my toes for clams. Amazing how good clam chowder can taste when you harvested the clams yourself. When you are feeling the tide move and the grass blowing in the wind, you are at piece with the world. That is the mood that I try to portray.

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