As a young boy I found I had a "knack" for art. I didn't feel that I had some
special talent; I was just able to draw what I looked at. My parents encouraged
me with oil paint-by-number kits. I started taking art classes in Jr. High and
began learning technique and saw my artwork improve. I continued taking art
through high school and on into college where I was an art major. At this time
in my life I worked primarily in pen & ink, my desire to add life and color to my
work led me to discovering Prismacolor colored pencils.
After leaving college early to enter the work force, my medium of choice
continued to be colored pencil. I continued off-and-on to work in the medium
for about 10 years and gradually stopped doing any artwork at all. After about
15 years away I was motivated to pick up my pencils again by viewing some
of my old work hanging in my father's home. A web search led me to an online
community for artists. I began to view other colored pencil artists work and was
amazed at what I saw. They had taken the medium to a much higher level than
I thought was possible. I began to study their work and techniques as well as
reading books written by other well know cp artists. Two artists in particular;
Arlene Steinberg and Toni James have been instrumental in my development.
By applying these new techniques I am seeing my work greatly improve. I am
learning and growing with each piece I complete.
I enjoy the outdoors; hunting, fishing, hiking, and golf, therefore my favorite
subjects are landscapes and wildlife. I’ve been told my work has a soft quality. I
try for a painterly look, not seeking ultra realism instead attempting to get the
feel of the scene. I was taught by my high school art teacher many years ago
to view my oil paintings from a distance, avoiding too much detail, I try to follow
that advice still today.
2004 Crawford County Arts Art Show, People’s Choice Award
2005 Crawford County Arts Art Show, First Place Award
2006 Crawford County Arts Art Show, Best of Show Award