My oil and pastel paintings are influenced by the American luminist painters such as Martin Johnson Heade, John Frederick Kensett, and Sanford Robinson Gifford. I paint the rapidly disappearing barrier islands and marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Some of my canvases are in an elongated horizontal format and include sunrises or sunsets, also another fleeting element in my work and a nod to the the American tonalists as well. Sometimes the only human evidence in my paintings is the occassional light emitting from a far off land bank at dusk - a constant reminder of the eventual development of a vanishing landscape.
I am also intrigued by the nocturne work of Frederick Remington and Charles Rollo Peters, a California painter, and I have studied Remington's palette, which I use in my Nocturnes.
I have also been exploring the urban & rural scene in South Carolina. This is another part of the vanishing South as the area becomes more and more gentrified and lost to either development or neglect.
My work is included in hundreds of private collections and in the collections of Bank of America, Bellsouth, City of Charleston, Carolina First Bank, Gibbes Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, Morris Museum of Art, Roper Hospital, Safety Kleen Corporation, & Wild Dunes Corporation.
I have exhibited my work in group shows at the Charleston City Gallery and Gibbes Museum of Art. My latest show, City Views, was at The Greenville Museum of Art in 2012.
I graduated from the College of Charleston in 1982 and studied under William Halsey & Corrie McCallum.
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