I painted this on a perfect day. I had more fun outdoors enjoying what the southern nature allows us to gratefully take in. I had fun creating this oil painting to say the least!
I have a passion for fly fishing and I love painting all the things I love. This is a painting of a man casting out during a fly fishing trip. I love being outdoors and the rivers are so soothing to me. It’s a way to escape the hectic urban lifestyle and get back to mother nature. Fly fishing is so much fun and very entertaining.
This was one of those strange moments on the gulf, when the sun came breaking through the horizon….. I did this painting in the studio from memory. I’m a big fan of the beach. Something about the beach is so soothing to me. It’s the perfect place to think. My favorite beach experiences are those days when the beach is quiet and empty as if I have it all to myself. I try and capture this whenever I can do so.
My dad was the greatest influence of my painting career. He took the time to start me painting at the age of 5, and was the one that encouraged me to become an artist. His paintings followed a strong New England tradition of style, as did Emile Gruppe’, Edward Harrington and Marshall Joyce as well as many other great New England painters. The key to this as well as many of his other works is a strong control of the viewers eye. A very simple composition is important as well and a way of leading the viewer into the painting while creating an emotional response. He would tell me one must edit at all times to create a strong point of view and he would say “what you leave out is just as important if not more than what you put in”. This was a lesson it try to keep in mind every time i approach the canvas.