I have been developing my style for years, an exploration inspired by a mix of impressionism, expressionism, graffiti, and the graceful brush work of Chinese calligraphy. Layering energetic brush strokes of colors and hues to the point when they reveal the depth of the subject, the result is somewhere between real and the abstract. My curiosity with this imagery lays in the movement and the way the surface can be simultaneously transparent and reflective, defined by everything around it.
I am a craftsman and have been working as an artist for over twenty five years. While my focus is on painting, I am willing to explore most any medium or motif. Working from photographs I have taken of moments in my daily life that inspire me, I paint images that vary from still life to landscapes, from macro to micro, and from abstract to impressionistic. The thread that ties them all together is a bold sense of color and the knowledge that everything is a reflection of its surroundings, including the artist. My work is inspired by the masters, Renoir, Van Gogh, Klimt, Schiele, Pollock, Rothko, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, as well as modern graffiti artists, favorite authors, musicians and fellow artists.
I studied art at Western Michigan University and have explored workshops and learned from professional artists from Michigan to Seattle. I have shown in cafés, coffee houses, pubs, street fairs, galleries, studios, and homes in Michigan, Illinois, California, Washington, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In addition, I have collectors in several other states including Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Ohio, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. My work has been selected for the Artfield’s jury show for 2013, 2014 and 2015, was part of the Artpops program by the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC, and was also included in Charlotte Business Journal’s Book of Lists in 2013 and 2014.