I am a twenty-first century painter engaged in an old, earthy struggle to affirm the fundamental experience of being alive. The art world’s infatuation with novelty and cleverness impresses me less than strong, soulful, timeless creations. Feet planted in the tradition of plein-air realism, I’m reaching for the mystical energies that inflamed the work of Dove, Carr, Hartley, Marin, and Bischoff. In my work, the paint exercises corporal presence while describing a figurative and emotional world on the picture plane. Sustained immersion in my visions yields thick, flowing, gestural brushwork. I paint in places that resonate with my own story, exploring my preferred archetypes of mountains, rivers, boats, bridges, friends, nude swimmers, clouds, fish, and trees populating wild and industrial contexts. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, I ventured far and wide before returning to DC in 2004. I am represented by the Foundry Gallery in DC, Octavia Gallery in New Orleans, and the Corscaden Barn of Art in Keene Valley, NY.