I credit my artistic outlook largely to the 1940 film “Fantasia.” My parents
knew I loved music and had an inclination for it, so though we were rarely
ever taken to the theatre for a movie...they made an exception for this. It
was a major event for me at age six, and little did I suspect how much it
would impact the rest of my life. My parents didn’t know at the time that I
was equally interested in the visual arts because, well...I didn’t know it
I was deeply impacted by the music of this film, of course, but the
fantastical world presented on the screen through artistic animation
touched me just as deeply. It was an epiphany. I discovered I was more
interested in the settings for the characters in the film instead of the
characters themselves. I wanted to live in the depths of that mysterious,
magical, lush world onscreen. I wanted to explore it.
And so...to this day, that is what I capture on canvas, or more specifically,
linen. The mystery, the intrigue, the exotic and ephemeral qualities of my
work are what make it identifiable, along with saturated hues. The subject
itself varies. I tend to focus on closeup views of plants, flowers and insects.
However, the essence of water and its refracted light will seize my
imagination as well, so you will find some coastal paintings, along with
waterfalls and ponds. Even aquatic life, like jellyfish, lion fish and koi take
center stage on occasion.
Looking back on that childhood experience in the movie theatre, and being
taken to another world via the film “Fantasia,” is what continues to
fascinate me to this very day, which may be one of the reasons my colors
are so intense, vibrant and saturated. The enchanted landscapes of Walt
Disney are very subtle in my paintings, and may not be immediately
noticeable...but that is where the inspiration was born.