The exact moment I became an artist was not a single event. Having drawn since a child, I have not stopped since, remaining self-taught throughout the journey. Art has been a constant in defining what I do.
Many people describe my artwork with the words peaceful, serene, and beautiful. After a lifelong valley of personal struggles, I consider it a wonderful blessing from God these themes have shown in spite of the trials. Through the ashes of painful experiences, God brings grace.
When younger, I was a jack-of-all-trades as far as medium. I have been a colored pencil artist for well over 20 years now. The control of both the medium and what is produced is a great appeal. I am fascinated with how a humble pencil can be pushed to the impact of a painting. This surprise brings freshness to traditional fine art.
I refer to my art as “expressive realism”, in terms of going beyond realism alone as its sole purpose. Though many compare my work to photos, the goal is to draw what I see. My style is realistic and has an immediate impression on the viewer this way, yet what excites me the most is the subtlety in each subject. I love absorbing myself in detail. Each color, shade, and lighting highlight reveals so many levels of nuance. I find this is one of the great joys of creating art.
Within the perimeters of my style and medium there is a classic or traditional influence. Through a wide range of subjects, the overarching theme is of peace. Another is the belief that art is synonymous with the ideal and portrayal of beauty. Beauty we encounter, intertwined throughout Creation, reflects the beauty of God.
Faith in Christ plays the biggest role in my life, with influences in my art. Much of the peace portrayed is symbolized by this as a feeling or undercurrent. The uplifting mood is also important in this regard.
I see my arts purpose as a call to quiet, inspirational, and uplifting moments in a world of conflict and stress.