I came to art rather late in life after a rewarding 23 year career as an air traffic controller. It started out just as a way to fill some retirement hours, so imagine my surprise when a painting I entered in my very first show won the purchase award. In the six years since, my art has received multiple awards in Charleston area shows. I am primarily self taught but certainly appreciate those artists all over the world who are kind enough to post videos on YouTube that inspire and educate me.
I travel a great deal and draw inspiration from all the wondrous sites I have seen and the friendly people I have met. I have visited at least 34 states and 24 countries to date and painted everything from a baby sloth in Costa Rica to a peasant woman tending her chickens in Romania. My representational style seeks to give the viewer the chance to enter into my painting and enjoy the moment with me.
I try to include a bit of whimsy into many of my works and many of them tell a story when studied for a while.
In addition to my works inspired by long distance travel, the South Carolina low country is a great source of inspiration. The beaches, the rural countryside, wildlife, boats and historic buildings all just beg to be painted. I like to find the places about to be forgotten and overridden by progress and preserve them in a painting before they disappear.
Finally, having been a equestrian for over 45 years and ridden to the highest levels of dressage, horses and companion animals also catch my attention. Who can resist the appeal of a magnificent horse in motion or cute puppy dog eyes?
So, in a nutshell (but in a good way, I hope), my paintings are all over the place. I strive always to be challenged by what I paint so that I learn more about the art and science of painting with every work I complete. I work primarily in watercolor and pastels but have been known to throw in the occasional pencil drawing or acrylic as well.