My approach to oil painting has been informed by a study of classical painting technique. It is an absorbing but time consuming process that can produce subtle, jewel-like tones through layers of applied glazes. Among contemporary artists, my paintings have been influenced by Randall Deihl, Scott Prior, Barbara Johnson and Jane Lund, whose work is representative of the neorealist school of regional art in Western Massachusetts. I am irresistibly drawn to Vermeer and Hopper, who capture the holiness of light in intimate moments of solitude and reflection. I look upon my art as more of a craft than a means of individual expression. For me, the work itself is a form of meditation. It is a creative process that absorbs the hand and heart. I am informed and humbled by centuries of tradition and inspired by contemporary artists who have mastered their medium and whose visions have enriched our perceptions of the world we inhabit.