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My painting style and use of subject matter have transformed over the last four decades maturing from a wide influence of established painterly techniques and varieties of compositional themes. University studies helped direct my artistic path through the careful instruction of influential teachers; Ted  Rand, Irwin Caplan, and Glen Alps of the University of Washington, and  B. Frank Moss, Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College. I paint tight close up themes preferring a close association with intimate objects describing their complexity while drawing attention to their simplicity. I compose my paintings in acrylics on heavy rag content printers paper. The color is fresh, the technique spontaneous, and the adhering quality to paper is permanent and long lasting. The flexibility of acrylics allow me choices; to paint with transparency like watercolor, or with thicker opaque strokes suggestive of oils. I  don’t skimp on color especially with my penchant for descriptive detail in landscape and seascape portraiture. Most of my paintings express a dichotomy of objects and their relation to the natural world balanced within a fabricated existence. Currently, I am engaged with the refined detail of a variety of wood surfaces, their color patterns, texture, and abstract natural designs. I use the wood as an active background contrasted with a foreground of environmental objects like leaves, flowers, shells, pebbles, fruits and vegetables,  as well as man-made objects, described in a trompe-l’oeil presentation.