In Little Rock AK I remember feeling more comfortable spending time alone drawing then I did playing with friends. And then my family relocated to Denver CO. In retrospect, this move would prove to be critical in my development as a person and eventually as a visual artist. Even at the ripe age of five, the new city was a fresh environment for me to experience and provided new and different people to meet. This broke out of my shell. 

I would pursue music during my high school years eventually writing and composing for small film project, videos and commercials. In my late twenties I felt something was missing and returned to college in search of an answer. It was while pursuing a degree in astrophysics I rediscovered my childhood passion for art-that “something” that was missing.

 

Having a creative and artistic family has been an indispensable influence. My father studied under Hans Hoffmann and readily shared his thoughts. In short, the experiences, the discussions and life itself is where art begins to take shape and eventually break boundaries. It is precisely these principles that aide in my pursuit of new ideas for work.

 

And then there is the act of painting! For me, I enjoy the process of painting above any other aspect; it is the act of expression and the need to paint that drives me. The challenge of creating color combinations, forms & textures and placing these elements on a given picture plane to create a unified and aesthetically pleasing composition, is a satisfying endeavor.

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