I paint primarily from nature, and always from a visual source (not imagined). I think of my paintings as translations – nature speaks one language and paint is another. I don’t copy what I see, but I engage with it and rely on it for suggestions and inspiration.
I like painting from nature because the light and conditions are always changing. It’s like stepping into a boxing ring – bell rings and you go, and you don’t stop until there is something on the canvas.
This year (2020) I started using markers on the paintings after the initial painting in nature. That represents another form of engagement. First I engage with nature and try to get a picture from it in paint, then I use the markers to engage with the painting itself, responding to what is there. I think of the new paintings as an amalgamation of traditional plein-air easel painting, abstract expressionism, comics, and street art.