It all began with an Art for Personal Development night class, a painting class using watercolors. I had experimented with various mediums including pastels and charcoal, and was excited to "really start painting". It was a great way to get my feet wet, and push the boundaries of typical watercolor techniques. I enjoyed that creative process for several years while working full time and earning my Associates degree. I eventually made my way to the University of Arizona and found my true love: oil painting. The aromatic halls of the art building sung to me like no other. Surely I must be home! I was immediately drawn to color, it became my one constant on every canvas, often followed with a purposeful disregard for perspective. Amedeo Modigliani has often been a great inspiration to me; his use of elongation of the human form is absolutely intoxicating. My figure studies often mix the inspiration of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele with contemporary artists. To separate the figure from worldliness and float her in a space of timeless light represent ultimate perfection in my world. Inspiration may come from a contemporary song, or a quirky line in a movie. It may show up as I stroll down the street, or drive in my car. The world is a beautiful and complex palette that requires constant adjustment and exploration. What seems like a simple nuance may be the key to the next great painting.
I currently live and create everything artful out of my home studio in Tucson, Arizona. We call it the “Art Room”, it really is a simple bedroom in our home, but out of that comes great inspiration! The easel I work on was hand made by my brother and that is no small part of the formula.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or personal inspiration you might have!