In the past, while working on my abstract color field paintings, I began to photo-document the urban landscape in San Francisco. My art studio is located on the Hunters Point Shipyard, an abandoned Navy base on the bay. Over time I became more interested in the Images of the decaying shipyard than in my abstract work, so I started making representational oil paintings based on my photographs. The structure and problem solving of realism satisfied an existential need that had not been filled with my earlier painting.
I am also inspired by the the Venetian Renaissance masters-Bellini, Titian and Giorgione-and I try to capture the quiet beauty of their work. My painting process involves many layers of paint and transparent oil glazes to transform the desolate landscape into harmonious compositions of color and light, keeping with style of my favorite artists, but also making the paintings unique to my vision.