I have been drawing and painting for almost 50 years now starting with that first box of Crayola 64 crayons I received when I was five years old. Over the years I experimented with pencils, markers, pastels, oils, acrylics, inks, and mixed media. Not having the patience to wait for drying of oil paints I leaned more towards Acrylic. About 25 years ago I started learning to airbrush and added that to my repertoire. You can see the heavy airbrush influence and use throughout many of my recent “realistic” paintings. Recently I have experimented with Mixed Media and abstract art as a way to satisfy my creative hunger for something “different”. Over the years I have painted primarily as a hobby.
In the late 80’s I started to get serious about my artwork and started a 3 year stretch doing the Art Show Circuit. After winning a couple awards for my realistic animal portraits I took a brief hiatus and actually opened a sign painting/graphics and custom motorcycle shop. That was successful for about a decade during which time I produced award winning motorcycle paint jobs as well as being contracted to paint several Monster Trucks that have been seen on TV. After a rough divorce back in the early 2000’s I closed that shop and returned to dabbling in some fine art painting on canvas again. In late 2011 I decide to get serious and started showing and promoting my work online in November of 2012. Since then I have sold prints to collectors from several states as well Canada, Germany, and France, and have sold originals to collectors in several states here in the USA. I finally got my original work into a gallery in Saugerties, NY in 2014 and am currently working towards gallery representation in 3 other states Including here in Illinois.
My artwork and painting inspiration comes primarily from how I perceive nature and all of the beautiful creations in it. I enjoy drawing and painting wildlife and domestic animals as well as up close portrait work (even an occasional flower or two). My current body of work mainly consists of animal and people portrait work done in an “up close and personal” style as well as an alcohol themed series of paintings. I plan to start doing fine art shows again by 2015 and hopefully will have additional gallery representation by then. Thanks for stopping by and if you enjoy viewing my art HALF as much as I enjoy creating it well then that means I am halfway there.
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Thanks for taking a look at my artwork and enjoy your day.