As far back as I can remember (and thats back furthan than I can remember now) I've always wanted to be a fine artist even before I knew what fine art was. As a young boy I was inspired by the great masters. Who you wonder? Da Vinci? Rembrant? Well no, actually it was Walt Disney and "Big Daddy" Ed Roth. I cut my teeth on cartoon characters, hot rod art, and phychedelic posters. Even in the military, I took advantage of every artistic opppurtunity and for a year and a half landed a job wher my duties included photography and graphic arts. The other two and a half years weren't nearly as fun. It was my first practical experience for a lifetime career in graphic art, fine art and photography.
Commercial art and photography was the easy part, trying to fulfill the fine art dream was a challenge. So the path went like this. Three years at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham Oregon trying to figure out how ot become a working artist...It wasn't exactly the staple of the daily want ads. A couple years doing freelance architechural Renderings for home planners and 7 years as a part time instructor at Mt. Hood Community College. In 1982 I took a position as an illustrator for the American Military Club System in Wiesbaden Germany. If you're surprised such a job exists, trust me, so was I! I loved living in Europe and absorbed experiences that would later show up in my work. I loved working for the government somewhat less however, so after a year I came home to resume my freelance career. The majority of my work was detailed Illustration work mostly pen and ink. My fiine art tended to be looser in an attempt to escape all the precise work I did on a daily bases. In the mid 80's I began painting with oil pastels and paint sticks. Pens and pencils to paint sticks was a natural transition for me and with that my fine artwork became more impressonistic. The dream of becoming a fine artist was never far from my mind and in 2001 I found my opportunity. I was picked up by an art rep and started producing 20-30 originals a moth for sale nationally. I also go involved in the etching process and was producing hand colored etchings. Wheather working in oils or creating an original print hand pulled from a press, I find great enjoyment working from my imagination. As I look at my paintings, I have to think they are influenced by an underlying desire to escape, to be somewhere quiet and unhurrled. My favorite places are always those that have a sense of calm. just a sunny open space and an inviting path to no where in particular.