Cambridge, Ontario Canada
My love for action and fascination with capturing a flash of movement in this motionless art form should be evident in my sports paintings. Only the experience itself can compare with the delight I feel when I have captured an athlete in the excitement of the moment, in anticipation of the next mogul, wave or fastball. Every athlete, professional or amateur, can identify with the adrenaline rush felt in that instant portrayed in each of my action paintings. This work for me is revitalizing, refreshing, uninhibited.
Although I enjoy painting with oils and acrylics, watercolor has emerged as the natural medium for my artistic expression. It is unpredictable and spontaneous and totally suited to my instinctive and impulsive nature. I begin by painting realistic details of the athlete, concentrating on facial expressions, lighting, muscle action, fluidity of movement, combining these elements so that the composition of the sports action painting looks natural and not contrived.
The backgrounds of my sports action paintings are impressionistic. I concentrate on creating a balance in the painting - light and dark, warm and cool colors, rough and smooth texture, near and far spaces, high and low chroma, soft and hard edges, realistic focal point and impressionistic background, etc. These Yin and Yang elements create the tension in the painting, the impression of movement, the excitement. With my technique, I hope to challenge the imagination and present the subject from my perspective - physically, emtionally and spiritually.
It was never my intention to become a famous artist but only to earn a living doing what I love to do. All my life I have painted for the joy of it, striving to satisfy the eye with form, the mind with purpose and the soul with imagination.