Contemporary Landscapes

I’m constantly inspired by the variety and virtuosity of California landscapes. Constantly adjusting: to the cool blues and greens of seascapes, to a riot of pastoral color, to the clean crisp lines of Mid-Century modern-keeps my POV fresh!

Horizons, LAX & Jets

My studio in Manhattan Beach affords me a bird’s eye view of the planes queuing to land at LAX. To observe the majestic planes gracefully descending upon our jeweled coast gives me a visceral sense of the connectedness of our world. Daytime color and fine detail drop away in the night sky. Each painting becomes all about capturing the mood of the moment and expressing the subtle light of the late hour; the basic horizon of the Southern California coastline; the PCH with its back drop of buildings; the Santa Monica Mountains as further backdrop, a haunting barely visible gray blur in the nighttime landscape. Every night presents a new and glittering night sky. Every night delivers new hopes and dreams via visitors or returning residents, each committing, however fleeting, to the City of Angels.  A Raymond Chandler quote comes to mind: “I was as hollow and empty as the spaces between the planes in the night sky." These painting celebrate the expansiveness of the night sky, an expansiveness as vast as any California dream.