Paintings, Drawings, Prints
My Art is a mixture of realism, surrealism, and impressionism – just a tip of the iceberg. I use my own photography or imagination for my work. Occasionally I start a painting plain-air, and complete it later in my studio. I prefer nature and the human condition as primary subjects
Some of you know of my work by my initials, or my first and last name. Others know of me by the addition of my middle initial, or the rest of you may know of me by my full name.
When I was 5 years old, there was kindergarten instead of pre-school. Mrs. Maxwell, my teacher, was extremely impressed with my work and sent it to Saint Mary of the Woods College. During my childhood I would often draw and paint (in watercolor) cowboys, Indians, horses, and landscapes. In high school I began to use oil paints as I gravitated toward sports, portraits, and religious themes. Also, in high school I studied under Venus Perry in a small group. She offered me personal instruction, noting my talent was further advanced than for her other students.
After high school graduation I worked full time as a draftsman while attending the Herron School of Art in the evening, where Paul Sweany had a great influence on my drawing. My goal to earn a BFA was interrupted by the Draft and two years in the US Army. After 4 months in the army a small pencil drawing of my combat boots got the attention of one of my company members, resulting in commissions for several large charcoals of the subject as well as portraits.
By my separation date, I wanted do more than draw & paint. I wanted to plan and design cities. I didn’t have much money, and the GI Bill was not enough to attend architectural college since my hometown had no such offering. Being from a working-class family, I learned to make the most of “at-hand” resources. (Enough said so you are not bored with another story of troll and toil). I attended classes at Purdue’s Indianapolis campus where I earned a BS degree, & later earned an MS degree from Georgia State University. During the day I would work for engineering firms, and save the weekend for art. My subjects would be mostly landscapes and philosophical topics.
In 2012 I started an interdisciplinary networking group, Integrated Art and Design,on Linkedin.com. As much as wanting to sell my art, I am interested in helping talented others to succeed in the art business. Furthermore, purchased work will not include the FAA watermark. In addition, I am willing to sign and date your purchase should you live within daily travel or visiting in my area.