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This print taken from an original Watercolor painting, is of the oldest standing building in Idaho. It was constructed in 1853 by the Jesuit Priests and is quite remarkable, as much of it was constructed with found materials. The ceiling is painted using huckleberries as a dye, as are other features uniquely decorated. In doing this painting, I stretched the limits of the watercolor medium. A good exercise in planning and draftsmanship.

About My Art - I've lived in Northern Idaho for many years now and most of the recent paintings that I've created, come from the inspiration of this area. Although the paintings are taken from this area, I hope they transcend this specific location and allow the viewer to interpret it the way he wants.Simple Statement - My work takes many different forms, but the underlying content, is often the same, for me this is what creativity is all about. Form arises from the dictates of inspiration. Content is the essence of art, and form is a vehicle to serve expression. To serve that expression, form must bend to the ever changing demands of creativity.My History and Other Things - Although I was always interested in art and created art from an early age, I only seriously considered becoming a painter after traveling through Europe at the age of 18. This was the galvanizing experience that awakened the desire to paint as a lifetime endeavor. This Trip was a homecoming and introduction into the world of culture. The history and beauty of Europe sparked my creative imagination and began the serious pursuit of painting. After taking a college coarse on painting, I realized that acquiring the instruction I needed may be a difficult task. I decided to learn from the best by studying the great artists throughout history, by way of art books. This posed a dilemma because it was hard to decipher how the paint was actually applied. This left the challenge of creating technique according to an inner vision, rather than duplicating it. The study of the great artists was more a study of their perspective than of how they applied paint. This was difficult, to invent a way of painting, rather than to follow a given format. Although I gain much from the history of art, my work is now guided more by an inner compass, rather than an external vision. My work varies greatly, because I am most interested in experiencing some new place and learning as much about art as possible. Many areas of interest are the inspiration for my paintings. I may repeat themes or a way of painting, but only for a season until led in a new direction. This is what art is to me, a world of diversity, richness and adventure. People are multi faceted, so why should our art reflect anything less than the complexity that is inherent in each individual.

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