I consider myself a contemporary landscape painter. Obviously I am painting the landscape in my time through the lens of my own experience of it. That certainly makes me contemporary to everyone else alive at this time. I also lay claim to the "contemporary" tribe because technically I, as a self-taught painter, do not use paint in a classical manner. More importantly, I think I see the landscape in a modern way. To me that means that the formal elements of my environment often drive my interest as much or more than simply attractive scenes. While almost all paintings of any kind employ interest in these elements, even the most photo-realistic approach, I emphasize them because they are the very aspects of the landscape that grab me.
Finally, as a person involved in theater all my life, I also accentuate the dramatic elements of landscape. Since we humans cannot see our surroundings in any other way than in human terms, I feel the drama of the contrast of light, the volume and weight of forms, and the impact of weather are all of primary importance to my artistic interest in painting landscape.
The paintings on this page, to me, most strongly convey these interests. Each is of an actual place.