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.