I feel that I am a very influenced
type of person. People in my life have always had an effect
on me in some way. I admire artists that create art from the
experiences they have. Experiences can be fleeting. The same
can be said with color and light. When I paint I try to capture
those fleeing impressions I get. That can be anything from
a certain color effect or to the expression on a models face.
I look at what I do as a betterment
of self. Every time I paint I learn something and get better
at it. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would rather
have a lifelong pursuit, than be complacent in the work I
do. I believe it should help me grow as a person. My dream
is to live a life totally dedicated to art. A lifelong pursuit
of my own artistic vision.
My subject matter lately has been mostly of females, mostly
my wife Karen. I couldn’t get a better model. Somebody
that I am spending my life with. I can’t help not to
let my thoughts and feelings poor out into the paintings I
do of her. My painting style can best be described as Impressionistic
Realism. Influences come from Sargent, Henri, Bellows, and
Fechin. When I do paintings of Karen or friends of mine, I
paint very directly. I like my mark making to be very apparent
in the finished painting. A painting that looks real but you
can tell clearly that it is painted is my goal.
I love and I mean I LOVE how paint feels against surfaces.
Thick, thin, heavy, Impasto, dry brushed, scumbled, exct.
I can’t get enough of it. When I went to art school,
teachers (such as Neil Riley and Charles Hall) were very effective
in helping me have a good understanding in drawing. Also,
my teacher, Michael McEwan, turned me on to contemporary artists
like Richard Schmid. After school, I have made a pursuit in
good drawing and technical ability so that I may give compelling
expression to my thoughts, feelings, and ideas.