– The Short Version
How it all started …
I’m going to start with how the heck I started creating contemporary work … Abstract Paintings to be more specific, then go back to the very beginning.
It was Denver, Colorado, the Fall of 1995, in the basement of my home. At that time I was painting very large flowers on large canvases. My first Abstract, “The Gateway” (featured to the below) started as Columbines, the state flower of my home state, Colorado.
I had the canvas all penciled in with large Columbines, ready to go … and for some reason … I just paused and stood in front of my easel, paint brush in hand. Then out of the blue, inspiration hit. I kept hearing … just cut loose and go for it … so I started putting down large brush strokes and throwing paint. In order to keep going, because it was kind of freaking me out, I had to keep telling myself that I could always re-gesso the canvas if I didn’t like what I saw … so off I went.
Needless to say, once it was finished, I was a bit taken back. I had an OVERWHELMING sense of peace throughout my entire body … and thought … THIS IS IT!!!
Back to the beginning …
I’ve been involved in the arts since 1972. Blessed to have had incredibly talented high school art teachers that encouraged me to pursue my talents. And … I’ve been professionally trained at the Art Institute of Colorado where I hold a degree and served as an Instructor for 4 years.
A bit more insight …
I spent most of my professional art career working commercially as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer. I really believe that I am able to paint the way I do because of my extensive commercial background interpreting visual directions quickly, with focused intent.
My contemporary work is all about being in the moment and connecting to my inspiration … following that inspiration … instantly capturing the images I see, and more importantly feel … before they are gone. I depend on skills that have become second nature to me, like the use of composition, color, visual movement, etc. to spontaneously create the raw inspired images that make their way onto my canvases – no planning, no judgment.
It looks easy to do from the outside. I can tell you that this is the most difficult thing I have ever done as an artist. I have to stay completely out of the way emotionally, get into my heart and stay out my head. Just writing this is inspiring me to paint. Feel it? That’s the magic, and that’s what I look for in the moment right before I pick up my first color. Welcome to my world!