Except for raising a family, painting is the most rewarding, and the most difficult, thing I have ever done. I find it extremely difficult to summarize why I paint. All I know is that when I paint, everything else stops, and I lose myself in the painting process. I want people who see my work to somehow share in that feeling.
Some may find this strange, but I actually try not to refer to myself as an “artist” because when I look at the master painters of yesterday as well as modern masters, I have a very long way to go to earn the title of “artist”. I hope to always strive to achieve that status, but until then I will be just a “painter” who is trying to be the best he can be.
My informal art training began years ago when my dad would take me out to sketch in northern Indiana. Those early times instilled in me a love for painting and nature. Painting was put on the back burner while I pursued a formal education in graphic design and illustration in Colorado. After four decades of creating award winning communications for a variety of business sectors, I concluded that it was time to return to my roots in painting.
Today my work is in collections from Maine to Colorado and has been shown, sold, and garnered awards in competitive exhibitions in Indiana, Colorado, Texas, and California.
As part of my continuing education, I look at a lot of paintings and I would have to say that I am influenced somehow by just about everything I see. Some of it is positive and some of it is negative, but all of it helps me to define my direction.