• Over the last 14 years, my wife and I had traveled often to New Mexico, and during these trips, I became inspired by the range and density of color found in the texture of the high desert landscape. On one of these trips, my wife and I were standing on an overlook outside of Chimayo, New Mexico, and we saw the most incredible sunset we'd ever seen. Reaching down and picking up a handful of red earth, I began rubbing it between my fingers, and felt as if I could feel the sunset in my hands. For me, it was like seeing the world through new eyes. At that moment, the earth felt like soft pastels.
As soon as I got home to my studio, I ordered a set of the finest soft pastels I could find and began working furiously with the medium for almost 2 years. This solidified my feelings for the medium, and allowed me to express with color in ways I could only dream about in the past. My landscape and Abstract impressions all come from simple memories of moments and places, and are all created with a spirit of joy.