I started shortly after winning 3rd place in an all school book cover contest at Buntingthorp Air Force Base, England. That was my first work publicized, base newspaper, picture and all. I don’t think I have a copy of that picture anywhere but I still have my prize…a How to Draw book with inscription! That was my first taste, besides mom & dad, of public approval for my efforts. From then on ART has never been too far from my life. Classes in college/Art major, free-lance for City of Topeka, side line at several factories (came in very handy) I worked in during my business career, and occasionally sharing the joy with my wife and 4 children as they grew up. But until 3 years ago I really didn’t pursue what I could do with my talent to create finished pieces. To think I got started again by doing shoes and 15 pairs later I was back covering blank rectangles with my ideas/visions. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of showing at a local art fair with my son, got into my first gallery, and will have my first show/display soon.
As for my style…at present it is brite rich colors with a lean towards organic (maybe whimsy at times) and abstract in nature. I was the kid that had to have that box of 72 crayons and anything else that caught my eye when it came to applying color. The list of artist that influenced myself to be fair is quite long, I would have to list a couple of dozen. . . even in that list it would seem very eclectic. If my style seems very controlled at times I owe that … did I mention I have a A.S. in Architecture? Architecture was so black & white, and my early art teachers in college had us only working with limited color pallets. I think that is why I love color so much, it makes the creating process using rich colors so enjoyable…to the point I am always adding/buying a new paint, marker, or pencil when they catch my eye! Some of my pieces do have a deeper meaning to them, but let’s be honest some just happen and they work for me. The way I work, the effort I put in, the layer upon layer I spread out, the piece is almost like shaping clay, wood, or stone…I stay at it until it looks and feels the way I want it. I am so sure that when I created that Curious George cover so many years ago I felt the same way I do today…QUICK LET ME DO ANOTHER!
This is my gallery to share with you, my hope is that something will catch your eye…I appreciate the time you took regardless.