Joined Apr 26 2010
46 years old
I am a very cerebral, almost analytical, painter. I believe that direction and method of brushwork is as important to a composition as are color, value, edge, and form. In other words, the manner in which paint is applied is as important as what paint is applied and where it is applied. I seek to achieve a rhythmic and lyrical quality to my work, both by standard methods of color placement, value variation and form but in the directivity of brushwork. The fine details of my techniques are in constant evolution as my knowledge of the physics and chemistry of my medium grow.
I am also currently experimenting with introducing non-interpretational messaging into pieces of a more abstract nature but which stand on their own, regardless of message, as a wholly satisfactory design.
Though not born in Arkansas, I consider myself a native: both of my parents are Arkansas born and basically all of my childhood was spent here. My roots run deep in Newton and Searcy Counties. I spent many hours of my formative years drawing and roaming on our cattle farm in Boone County. I indulged a love of art and a desire to learn to paint as a very young teen by taking my only lessons in Harrison, AR. Aside from these lessons which mostly covered perspective drawing, I am self taught. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, I moved my young family to the suburbs of Washington D.C. to pursue a career with NASA. I have designed, built, and operated systems in orbit around Earth and soon to be on their way to Mars.
I am now in my second year of working as a semi-professional artist.