I always knew I could draw. I started learning about art at an early age when visiting my grandmother; I would look in her art books and sit at her easel. She oil painted like a master and I loved her work. It's one of life's ironies that I never took any lessons from her. I pursued a degree in engineering. However, somewhere in my God-given DNA there was something that pressed me towards practicing art. I have drawings and sketches that have survived from high school and my college notebooks are decorated with sketches of all types of subject matter.
In the fall of 2005 while still working as an engineer, I took what was to be my first of many art classes, Beginning Oil Painting, at the Glassel School of Art. I have continued to expand my knowledge of oil painting theory and develop my plein air skills by taking oil painting workshops from some of the nation's most successful professional artists.
The art I create is a fusion of sorts, of painterly representational and impressionism and what some call abstract realism; in oils, on linen or panel. When I decided to pursue becoming an artist, after experimenting with other mediums, I decided to only create art in this fashion. This is what excites me.
I enjoy plien air painting architectural, industrial and mechanical creations: old vehicles in auto and truck rest yards, old structures and bridges, and water craft, especially if they are in the boatyard for repair. I like bringing beauty to the uninteresting, used and worn commonplace objects.
My hope is that folks will see my art and their eyes have a peaceful place to rest; perhaps invoking a memory or whisking them away to an another place. I want to make something to lift someone's spirits, kindling an emotion of what my vision brings to their heart and let them have a smile.
I recently earned the Museum Purchase Award at the 2019 EnPleinAirTEXAS event. I am continuing to put in the mileage; the never ending pursuit of growth and improvement.