Represented by the Brown County Art Gallery - Nashville IN
I have been fortunate to live in many places across the United States, due to my father's U.S. Marine Corps assignments. From my memories of the rocking chairs on my grandmother's North Carolina front porch, to the people and landscapes of the Indiana heartland, my travels have given me many colorful stories to tell.
All through grade school, I was drawing during every available moment. In my high school Senior year, I won a Saturday Life Drawing scholarship to John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. And from that experience, I won a tuition scholarship for their Freshman year. I graduated with a BFA in Visual Communications/Graphic Design. My biggest influences have been my Illustration professor, the Indiana circus painter Robert Weaver - and the great illustrator Frank Frazetta - through their emotionally dynamic and graphic painting styles, and their bold use of color. And I greatly admire the nationally known artist Daniel E. Greene, with his narrative paintings and life-like portraits. During that time, I also received awards from the Art Directors Club of Indiana for Advertising Design. But I dreamed of creating my own visions, with oil painting soon becoming my passion. Being mostly self-taught in oils, I entered a portrait of my son in the 1986 Indiana State Fair Amateur Division. It won First Place, and I realized that I was capable of competing with the Professional painters.
With the success of that first effort, I have won several awards and have been accepted into many juried competitions - including the Hoosier Salon, the Southside Art League Regional in Greenwood IN, the Indiana Artists Club Annual Show, the Annual Heartland Artists Show in Plymouth IN, the Midsummer Art Show in Seymour IN, the River Valley Regional in Lawrenceburg IN, the Indiana State Fair, and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Exhibit in Osage Beach MO. I have many works in private collections throughout the United States, - including several commissioned portraits.
My paintings focus on the impact of a strong design, the rich colors of oils, and the emotional connections that I discover - especially through the seasons of the Indiana landscape.