Except for raising a family, painting is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. When I paint, everything else stops, and I lose myself in the painting. I want viewers to share in that feeling.
Today my work is in collections from Maine to Colorado and has been shown, sold, and garnered awards in competitive exhibitions in Indiana, Colorado, Texas, and California. As part of my continuing education, I look at a lot of paintings and I would have to say that I am influenced somehow by just about everything I see. Some of it is positive and some of it is negative, but all of it helps me to define my direction.
I actually try not to refer to myself as an “artist” because when I look at the master painters of yesterday as well as modern masters, I have a very long way to go to earn the title of “artist”. I hope to achieve that status some day, but until then I will be just a “painter” who is trying to be the best he can be.