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The direction of my art was changed dramatically in 1997 when I saw Edward Hopper's Night Hawks at the Chicago Art Institute. This painting caused me to reflect upon the work that I had done and to consider a move in another direction. (While I don't profess to be another Edward Hopper, I am indebted to him for opening my mind to other avenues of expression.)

Over the past several years I have concentrated on three basic themes for my paintings: railroads, abandoned vehicles, and scenes in and around Laramie. At the present time I am focusing my emphasis more on scenes in the old downtown area of Laramie. These paintings are of places around the corner from my studio.

My primary concern has been to achieve the best possible composition in regard to unity, harmony, and balance. Therefore, I usually depict scenes during either the early morning or the late afternoon because that is when the light and shadows are the most dramatic and intense. Many paintings recall scenes of simpler times. Regardless of the subject matter of my paintings, I strive to convey a sense of light.

Conspicuously absent in my paintings is the human figure. However, the human presence is implied in a variety of ways: an open door or window, a window shade raised slightly. These devices ask the question, Who is inside? I leave it to the viewer to answer this query.