Except for raising a family, painting is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I find it extremely difficult to make a statement that summarizes why I paint, but all I know is that whenever I paint, everything else stops, and I lose myself in the painting process. I want people who see my work to somehow share in that feeling.
My informal art training began years ago when my dad would take me out to sketch in Indiana. Those early times instilled in me a love for art and nature. Fine art was put on the back burner while I pursued a formal education in graphic design and illustration in Colorado. After four decades of creating award winning communications in Colorado and Indiana for a variety of business sectors, I concluded that it was time to return to my roots in fine art.
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.
I look at a lot of art 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.