What inspired your winning entry? I’ve been very focused on the effects of light on both clouds and snow. This piece is an amalgam of several plein-air studies. I tweaked the design and color harmonies to increase the emotional impact.
How would you describe your style?
I think of my style as contemporary impressionism, although it is influenced by romanticism and tonalism.
How did you first get interested in art? I grew up in England and was fortunate enough to have parents who loved art museums. I spent my childhood visiting masterworks all over Europe. I never considered doing anything else for a career.
Where did you study art? I studied illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and I continue to take workshops from artists I admire.
What artists have influenced your work? I’m inspired by countless movements and artists, but more than any other is J.M.W. Turner for his poetic approach to painting.
What’s the most meaningful recognition you’ve received for your artwork? The awards feel great and let me know I’m on the right track. However, it is appreciative feedback from collectors that means the most to me.
What inspires you to paint a scene? It is almost always about an emotional connection.
What is your creative process? I generally begin with plein-air studies. Then, back in the studio, I carefully work out my values, compositional plans, and color harmonies. This allows me to become more loose and intuitive as the painting progresses.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? An art therapist. I’m a big believer in the healing power of art.
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