I grew up in Southern California, where I learned to appreciate the beauty of the ocean, the mountains, the forests, and the deserts. I was not particularly talented in the arts, but over my lifetime I developed the philosophy, that I was no better nor worse, than other people, so it occurred to me that if others could do something, I could do it also, if I wanted to take the time to learn. Learning was something I always loved, but I was not big on school or formal education. As I matured I picked up skills in woodworking, metal fabrication, and photography.
Fast forward to the 1970's, when I bought my first computer, which eventually led me to building websites, programming, computer graphics and such. Computer graphics taught me a lot about how colors, light, and contrast work together to replicate the appearance of textures and shadows and other elements in images, whether realistic or fanciful.
I got married and my wife and I had triplets, followed by twins. Raising five kids in Southern California, is not a piece of cake financially, so we were never flush with money.
We lived in what the government considers to be poverty, but by the grace of God, we always had food to eat, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our backs. The kids grew up and moved away, and my wife died in 2014. Since the economy had weakened, at my age and where I live, employment was hard to find.
At the age of 62, I was able to collect Social Security, and I live off of that as my main source of income, barring emergencies, it has been enough.
Not having an abundance of money is challenging, when your heart tells you you should be helping others. While I do that as I can, just as a helpful neighbor and general kindnesses to others, I believe I should be doing more.
Having the kids away from home, the wife gone, and no employment, meant that I did have one commodity - time! My love of God's creation and it's beauty, my skills at photography and understanding of light and color play, convinced me to try my hand at artistic painting.
I had already become, what I call a concrete artist, making concrete counter-tops, and outdoor tables and kitchens, artificial rocks and other decorative concrete items. In that occupation, I learned more about how to mix colors with the use of pigments.
So, brushes, canvas and paint in hand, I made a few paintings. While they did not strike me as particularly bad (as they could have been), they also did not measure up to what I was trying to accomplish, but those who saw them, expressed their appreciation of what I had accomplished.
Someone asked me to bring a few paintings to a gathering, and everyone there was so encouraging, I was almost convinced that maybe I was an artist. Though I was not trying to sell my art, people began offering to buy my works, and to commission paintings to be done for them.
So, and idea began to gel in my mind. What if I could take some of my time, and use some of the acquired skills and knowledge, combine that with my knowledge of computers and the internet - could I actually sell my work and add to my meager income? If so, would that not then, provide a way that I would be able to help others through giving?
The idea seemed feasible, so I decided that I would take a shot at having a small, online art gallery, a place where people could see what I had to offer, and eventually, I would perhaps add other artists willing to donate some proceeds of sale for that purpose.
It is now, late January of 2016 as I write this, and this online gallery, is the beginning of that idea being put into practice. I hope you enjoy looking around and perhaps you will see something you like enough, to purchase for yourself or as a gift, knowing that a percentage of the proceeds will go to charitable causes.
Thank you for stopping by!