I am a self-taught artist, born and raised in South Carolina. I started drawing at a very young age. My mother often said that I was drawing before I could even walk. I don't remember a time when I wasn't drawing or looking for something to draw or paint.
My first painting was done in 2nd grade and was used in a school newsletter. After that, I was always known as 'That guy who draws'. In Jr High, my art teacher would have me set aside from the rest of the class to work on more challenging projects and even entered several pieces to the Traveling Art Exhibit. 1 painting even lasted for 3 years.
In Highschool, I started to back away from my art and didn't draw that much until I met my Melissa in my mid-twenties. She found out I could draw and pushed me to pursue it. It took me several years to acquire the confidence to display my work in the public domain. The main reason was that I felt that I had waited too long in life and could not compete with the younger artists that were putting work out.
In 2015, I did my first 'public drawing' when we entered into a spring fair in our area. I was really nervous. I had had some small recognition and knew that people liked my work, but working in front of a crowd was a first for me. I bit back my nerves, set up my easel and just did it! I'm glad I did because it was 1 of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Since then I jump at the chance to go out in public and draw or paint. I love when people stop and ask me about my work. I love to hear about how they would love to paint and draw. I try to encourage everyone to experiment with different styles of painting and drawing.
I work in several different styles. I have had many people tell me I need to find a style and stick to it, but I can't. I love to paint or draw from the various moods I am in. I think that because I never received a formal art education, I never had the chance to learn about the different forms of art.
In 2016 I left my job in manufacturing, with the support and encouragement of my Melissa, to pursue a career as a full-time artist. It has been a rough road to travel, but I think I am really starting to see a bright future.