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I grew up in northeastern Louisiana where I cultivated two persistent themes: a love of nature, and an unquenchable need to make things. Simply put, I receive satisfaction by pursuing any number of projects.
My earliest “formal” painting, a long-lost landscape in acrylic, was attempted around age seven. … Read More
I grew up in northeastern Louisiana where I cultivated two persistent themes: a love of nature, and an unquenchable need to make things. Simply put, I receive satisfaction by pursuing any number of projects.
My earliest “formal” painting, a long-lost landscape in acrylic, was attempted around age seven. Later, in my early teens, I received private instruction which challenged my perceptual rendering with the “paint what you see" notion, introducing color theory with oil, watercolor, and pastel. Validation followed with the winning of local art competitions, beginning around age 14. Accelerated Public School programs accepted me, as did a summer retreat for young art students and musicians, and though I have never considered myself an adequate student, I was of course, absorbing bits here and there. Honing technical skills in my own time, my artistic interest gained momentum, just as my abilities gained further recognition.
A B.F.A. was next. At Louisiana Tech University, I initially studied Design and Watercolor, then Graphic Design/Illustration (the highlight of which was acceptance into the Society of Illustrators’ 1986 Annual Scholarship Competition and Exhibition in NY) before committing fully to Fine Art. These were fruitful exploratory years, and so it was with the intent to teach that I arrived at East Carolina University for postgraduate studies in the fall of 1988.
In the early nineties my desire to teach waned, and so I withdrew from graduate school after two years to self-educate and attempt an independent career. I consigned paintings to galleries while continuing to exhibit in competitions and engage commission opportunities, a highlight of which was working on location on St. Thomas and St. John U.S.V.I.. I have sold fine art to such corporations as The News Star World of Monroe, LA, Pepsi Bottling Co. and Burroughs-Wellcome of Greenville, NC, the M.C.V. hospital of Richmond, VA, and Atlanta Foods International. I have also freelanced murals and architectural finishes in such prominent eastern NC homes as Parker and Becky Overton of Overton’s Sporting Goods.
In 2009 I returned to Louisiana after twenty years in North Carolina, initially producing murals within Shreveport. In addition to various national and regional exhibitions, in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, I placed as a finalist in The Artist's Magazine's Annual Competitions in the Still Life category, and was featured as a Competition Spotlight in the 2011 July/August issue. Also In 2011 I was accepted into the International Guild of Realism, being selected for their 8th Annual Exhibition in 2013. I joined Oil Painters of America in 2012: being selected for the OPA National Exhibition, Salon Show, & Eastern Regional in 2013. I was accepted as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon of 2012/2013, and have been featured in Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch". I also participated in a traveling museum exhibition "American Still Lifes" in 2014, and will have a feature article published in The Artist's Magazine at the end of 2014. I currently have Gallery representation with Artifacts of Eureka Springs, AR, and Gallery Central of Hot Springs, AR.
At present, my studio interests also include songwriting/recording, and short story writing; visiting these side projects greatly inform my Painting Studio, as is evidenced in my increased use of symbolism, story, and suggestion. In time my painting focus settled on the Still Life genre, inviting viewers into my imaginary "Kingdom" which is complimented by written text. And so with my interest as my compass, I move ever forward, for from my perspective "an Artist is an unstoppable force of nature – a particular genetic collision driven to produce – no matter what obstacles arise." Read Less
Member Since: May 20, 2011