My computer dictionary defines landscape as
“all the visible features of an area of countryside
or land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.”
A painted landscape is more than that. It’s also about
memories, feelings, love of nature, light, air, the lusciousness
of paint and more.
My love affair with landscapes started in my earlly teens
while hunting, fishing and in general being very close and
observing of wild places in south Louisiana. Years of painting
has shown me that natural outdoor beauty can be experienced
from the mysterious Everglades or bayous to my own back yard.
Capturing the moment out of doors in paint is a challenge
that mixes my academic knowledge with my emotions. Each painting
is a creative search for a more satisfying piece of my life.
WALNUT STREET SOUTH, oil 11x14
I chose this street scene in Avon Park, FL because of its
strong design of compositional elements. It’s simple
arrangement of its lines shapes and negative shape appealed
strongly to my eye. It’s subtle colors were a compliment
to the arrangement of the parts.