"The enjoyment of
scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet
exercises it, tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it;
and thus, through the influence of the mind over
the body, gives the effect of refreshing rest and
reinvigoration of the whole system."
Frederick Law Olmstead, landscape architect and
creator of Central Park
am a landscape painter and I paint what I see. When
I see something that strikes me as beautiful, that inspires
a feeling of excitement through my eyes, that’s
what I want to paint. Olmstead captures the ability
of landscape to inspire both stimulation and tranquility.
My paintings convey this experience of nature by embodying
an emotional reality of rejuvenation.
Andrew Jackson Downing, the Victorian Era architect
who lived in Newburgh, New York, described Beauty as
the profound and thrilling satisfaction which we experience
in contemplating the external works of God…a worship
by the heart of a higher perfection manifested in material
forms. The impulse to make art in this vision is a spiritual
quest. For me, creating a painting is a combination
of heart and mind. I have to fall in love with the Beauty
of what I am seeing, and also need to see the emerging
composition, the strategy for making a painting from
this initial vision. Painting in landscape, setting
up my easel and opening my box of pastels, drinking
in the scene with my eyes and guiding my hands into
the colors to bring out the elements which excite me
the most in the scene around me, this fills me with
life. Artist friends tell me that I live in my pastels
and that they sing. For me, the alchemy of my art is
the instilling of life in the work, which is felt by
My paintings emerge out of a growing intimacy with the
landscape. They are a celebration of the Catskill Mountains
and Cape Breton Island through a series of illuminated
personal experiences with the landscape.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the satisfaction
we experience in Beauty’s presence is felt in
the heart, mind and spirit.