Over the last 25 years, I have explored and painted the people and landscapes of diverse cultures, such as Italy, Turkey, Viet Nam, France, Russia, Ireland, England, Spain, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Cambodia, etc. Encountering exotic locales and diverse cultures through painting has allowed me to observe what is shared and common to much of humanity. Despite our cultural and political differences and no matter where we call home and what language we speak, we are united by our partnership with nature. These paintings tell the story of my travels and are a celebration of this earth and the places, events, and people that particularly inspire me.
My trips are a pilgrimage of sorts, in the spirit of bygone days when painters traveled near and far in search of the extraordinary. I travel light, necessity dictating what goes into my one backpack. I use a compact box that protects paper and paints from the elements, which also converts effortlessly into an easel. Traveling this way allows me to paint plein air (working on location in outdoor light) a range of vistas that capture my imagination, no matter what challenges the terrain presents.