My works are typically small oil sketches painted on location. They are painted quickly, directly, using a wide variety of strokes giving the final piece a highly textured finish. These paintings are then varnished and framed in quality arts & crafts frames.
"Painting a sketch en plein air, that is, in the open air, is popularly believed to have begun with the nineteenth-century French Barbizon and later French Impressionists, but sketching from nature in fact has a far deeper history. The English painters J.W.M. Turner (1775–1851)4 and John Constable (1776–1837)5 both painted outdoors in the early nineteenth century, Francisco Goya (1746–1828) carried little notebooks with him so that he could sketch wherever he was,6 and the Italian Giovanni Antonio Canal (“Canaletto”) is supposed to have set up his easel outdoors in the eighteenth century. If one delves still farther back into the history of landscape painting, one soon finds evidence of faithfully observed landscapes from the Renaissance, ancient Greece, and pharaonic Egypt, among other cultures, landscapes that could only have resulted from direct, frequent observation of the natural world. French painter Eugène Boudin (1824–1898) made clear the benefits of working at first hand: “Everything that is painted directly on the spot has always a strength, a power, a vividness of touch that one doesn't find again in the studio.”" - Robyn G. Peterson | Executive Director, Yellowstone Art Museum, 2006-2017
I'm inspired by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rein Portvliet, American painters like Edgar Payne, Maynard Dixon, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and of course the Canadian Group of Seven including Tom Thompson and Emily Carr.
Living painters that I admire for their brushwork, values and draftmanship include Richard Schmid, Jeremy Lipking, Daniel Keys, Matt Smith, Clyde Aspevig, George Strickland, T. Allen Lawson, Simon Addyman, Michael Workman, Derek Penix, Carolyn Anderson.
Painters and designers I admire for their strong sense of design include Eric Bowman, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Tim Horn, Michael Schwab, Ed Mell and more recently Brett Allen Johnson.