Artist StatementI strongly believe that an artist must first paint for his/herself. Do not fear the opinions of others. It is fear that stifles your creativity. Dare to take your art down many, many paths. Understand and follow the dominance and contrasts between intensity, value, hue, form, line and texture.
I began painting in high school and did commissions for several years. My artistic expression went on hold several years later, when I became a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The final 11 years of service were spent as a bomb technician and arson investigator. After I retired, I moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to resume painting. I enjoy working in oil, acrylics, and mixed media. I have spent the past three years taking paint mediums to their extremes to enhance the beauty of the paint hues. My inspiration comes from the earth. Many of of my paintings reflect my vision of early earth imagining the earth as it was millions of years ago. I frequently incorporate my love of all metals into my art, such as, copper, aluminum, steel, and metal paints. I firmly believe in exploring new ideas and concepts. Many of my painting techniques are self-developed. I strive to achieve dominance and contrast, in intensity, value, form,line, etc. in my art to create paintings that challenge the viewer and draw them in. I am a member of Gallery 447, St. Michaels Art League and Talbot County Visual Arts Center.