My work is shown in the Union of Maine Visual Artists Winter Issue 2020.

I created an Interactive Sculpture by the roadside, just for fun. October 2019, an article in the local paper covered my work. Read more online.



My work celebrates sport through Fine Art

A woman recently scrunched up her face and said, "Yew, sports." I asked if she remembered Adam from Michelangelo's Sistene Chapel. I pointed out that Adam was ripped and looked like most pro sports players. Probably the model cut marble. In figure classes today, models are couch potatoes, just folks or possibly the women do yoga. So, to paint humans, I paint sports.

Sport is where people can be totally absorbed physically, mentally and emotionally, where people function at the essence of being human. Throughout the world, people of all ages ride bikes, run and play sports. 


Primarily I am a figure painter and bodies are meant to move. My work takes the senses beyond the figure's immediate action to the place the eye sees but the mind can't retain. While anchored in realism, my passion is design and I seek an overall rhythm and line as I add form, energy and color.


After I research photos and drawings for the images that represent my idea, I add design elements to enhance the moment. Through my study of anatomy, a one-inch blurry background figure in a photo may become a full-size player or the genders may change. 

I choose sports that my family or I have played or that I am strongly familiar with. Although I paint portraits, I prefer to apply hats and shadows on faces. I want people to envision themselves, a friend or relative in my work and say, "That moment, that's what it felt like."

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