As primarily a watercolorist, my favorite subjects to paint are portraits that tell a story, whether it is the hardship in an old weathered face or an arrogant rooster strutting his stuff. I focus on the beauty, color and humor within ordinary everyday routines and paint from that. Over the years I have come to embrace a good sense of humor which has stood well for me when intelligent conversation lets me down. Though mostly self taught (my mistakes are my own), I have been influenced by artist/teachers and fellow artist friends. A frequent source of inspiration for my paintings are Eudora Welty’s depression era photographs of the South, which I have been so graciously granted permission to paint from by her foundation.
I have been both blessed and cursed by a wonderful life of travel, dividing my time each year between central Mississippi and northern California for the past 26 years. Driving across this diverse land four to six times a year, I have gained a vivid perspective of the many types of people that make up our country and an appreciation for the landscapes that they call home. I am a product of this diversity with strong southern roots in the ground and western leaves blowin’ in the wind.