I paint because I enjoy looking at color. When I visited the Museum of Modern Art for the first time, I saw the green, orange, and purple pigment on a Pierre Bonnard painting and was transfixed. This experience inspired me to take painting classes at Stanford University where I experimented with acrylics, oils, and pastels. After retiring from teaching at Redmond High School, I began painting in earnest.
In choosing subject matter, I focus on scenes that I find aesthetically pleasing and joyful. Harbors and beaches, gardens and greenhouses, and bicyclists and ballerinas provide an opportunity to express emotion through color. Painters who use color to convey emotions—Bonnard, Vuillard, Derain, Van Gogh, Nolde, and Matisse—inspire my work.
Besides painting, I enjoy following the accomplishments of my two children: Caley, a marketing manager at Amazon; and Skyler, a real estate lawyer in Los Angeles. I also feel gratitude for my wife Patty who is my best critic and supporter.
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