Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, I developed and early fascination with the fantastic. Fueled by books, movies, ghost stories, and museums... I wondered at the unknown.
Countless hours were spent pouring over book illustrations of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures. I would often imagine their fossilized bones giving shape to the hills around me. It wasn’t long before the thrill of dinosaurs gave way to the thrill of movie monsters. I marveled at seeing a giant gorilla carry a woman up a skyscraper, and I cheered at the sight of a radioactive, fire-breathing lizard stepping on army tanks and destroying cities. Stop-motion films like Jason And The Argonauts and Clash Of The Titans nothing short of spectacular. They filled my mind with more stomping, slithering, and stalking than I could hope for.
As I grew older, I became intrigued by landscapes. I was deeply drawn into the enchanting worlds created by one artist in particular, Gilbert Williams. Williams created serene realms of land and water filled with ethereal orbs of light, spirit guides, ancient temples, and paths to open doors of glowing energy. Another source of inspiration for me was the music of William Linton. Linton’s synthesized compositions inscribed a sense of magic and wonder. Through these two artists, I began to feel a veil lifting, exposing an unseen world of mysticism. And again, I began to wonder at the unknown.
In an age that values education as it does, and it should, it would be nice to credit a university, a college or an art school for some of my ability, but I can’t. Somehow or another, I never found the time for formal instruction. My skills are self-taught and strictly intuitive. There have been those who have encouraged me along my way, but what I have learned about art techniques and mediums…I have learned on my own. I have been recognized in a few small competitions and I have been published a few times.
I use a decent range of mediums in my creative practice. I greatly enjoy the simplicities of graphite pencils. It is about as basic as you can get, yet it can be as intricate and as complex as any medium. I once read that the basis for any great painting is a great drawing, so I try to always keep that in mind. Also, I actively use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, airbrush, color pencils, oil pastels, and digital painting. Digital painting is my newest venture, and while I do enjoy computer graphic programs immensely, probably as a result of growing up in the Atari-Generation, I still prefer the traditional mediums overall.
Whether I am painting on canvas or using a digital stylus, I truly love what I do. I sincerely appreciate your interest. Thanks for taking the time to learn about me and some of the influences that have shaped my approach to art.