I live and work in Missoula, Montana. I look like this:
At least I do when I’m on vacation. Otherwise I scowl a lot.
Usually I can be found in my shop, building pochade boxes (www.allaprimapochade.com). But this blog is about paintings I make, not the paintboxes. I work primarily in oils, but I like to play around with acrylics, sometimes pastels, and lately with painting on my iphone or ipad. Landscapes, still life, figures–I like them all, but landscape is what I do more of than anything else. Usually when doing landscape I work on location, en plein air, but I’m not dogmatic–I’ll work from a good photo sometimes. But since I paint mostly for fun, working outside is much more appealing.
Lately I’ve been thinking about why I paint. Often you hear artists speak about “capturing the image”, as if it were sort of visual hunting. But I don’t feel that, really. I guess for me it’s an act of love. Sometimes I don’t care for human beings too much, at least in the abstract, but I do love the world and the beings in it. Trees, stones, water, mountains, clouds–to me these are beings also. We are all in the world together, in the same light. Painting is how I try to recognize my essential connection with them. It’s hard. The wordy brain gets in the way. By looking at things for an hour, I try to turn down the volume of that thinking, planning, worrying mind, and just see things as they are, through these eyes, in this way, through these moments one after another that finally condense into one image. It’s just an image, yet I hope each one changes me just a little bit, and wears down the imaginary wall between me and the world. Sometimes the images are satisfying, sometimes less so, but more and more I find I don’t care that much. Eventually I won’t care at all, and then I’ll be a real painter.
Hope you enjoy your visit!