I have always thought of myself as a colorist. If it was a brightly colored, somewhat abstracted animal painting, chances are I was the artist.
In the fall of 2013 however, I was commissioned to do two mural-size canvases with an equestrian theme in earthy tones. The commissions were a great success and more commissions were requested in that limited color scheme, which became the stimulus for the muted colors and exclusive use of Payne’s gray on my palette.
It was the next natural step – to see how far I could remove the color from my work and still bring life and energy to my paintings. The Black and White series has resulted from my experimentation, and is still ongoing. And my ‘girls’ are often the equine subjects in my paintings.