For many years I’ve been working at this craft. For me drawing and painting is not just a way of preserving an impression, but also a catharsis of sorts. Beyond producing a piece that a client is proud to hang, it’s also about the process itself in which something passes through me and on to the paper.
I began seriously working on art while in college with a primary focus on graphic design. This of course meant that I had to take classes in lots of other types of art from neon sculpture to drawing and painting. In that time I most enjoyed pastels because I most admired impressionists. And by their very nature pastels want to produce something impressionistic. It is very difficult to produce realism in this media. For me, I’ve always thought that in the era of photography art should depict an impression, more than a recording.
After getting my BFA I laid off of art for a long time. It was when my life took a dark turn that I again turned to it as a sort of therapy to quite my mind. During that time I worked hard to develop a style that was unique to me and to this media. Many of my works, for example, are a hybrid of watercolors with layers of pastel applied over the paint. This creates pieces that I refer to as “photoimpressionistic.” This method allows me to vary the “distance” from realism. In the context of portraits, I dial up the amount of realism while in landscapes I push in the other direction.
Over they years I’ve produced hundreds of pieces. A few are here to respresent what I do. While some of my pieces do hang in galleries and shops around the world and some are even available as high-quality Giclee prints, the vast majority of them hang where they belong – on the the walls of those that commissioned them. If you’d like to commission a piece, please reach out to me.
Thanks for visiting and having a look around.