Inspired in part by modern landscape painters like Robert Bechtle, Gerhard Richter, Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Hopper, my oil paintings and drawings focus on the interaction between memory, the human-made and the natural in our landscape. Since I was very young, I have explored the depiction of architecture in prints and drawings, including the bold contrasts of wood block printing which I have emulated in a few high contrast oils. I am engaged by, and endeavor to capture, the unique quality of light found in the different places I’ve visited and inhabited, particularly the bright light of California and the West. I seek to express the manner in which the things we create, the places we build, establish their meaning and presence in our environment.
I was born in Everett, Massachusetts and have long held an interest in architecture and the depiction of architecture and other landscapes in models, photography, drawings and painting. I have been drawing and drafting since childhood, and painting in oils for over thirty years. I have a degree in astronomy and currently work at the University of California as a space flight engineer, having lived and worked also in Boston, San Diego and the Island of Hawaii.