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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.