Most of these paintings were done in the Fall, Winter and Spring
of 1995 and 1996. During this period, I was working closely with
Richard Treaster who influenced my watercolor work. Mary Lou Ferbert
also provided valuable criticism. The painting, "White Orchid"
was developed as an assignment for her adult class at The Cleveland
Institute of Art.
The geometric treatment of the leafless tree structures and landscape
features harkens back to the series I did many years ago as my
Master's thesis at The Ohio State University.
I am particularly drawn to the abstract forms created by the
negative spaces isolating the branches, trees and objects. These
create strong and subtle color modulations and contrasts that
emerge from the visual unity found in the overall pattern as a