I have always gravitated towards creative pursuits. I am most at home when I am making something visually or musically. That�s where my comfort zone is.
I first became aware that I have a talent for drawing and painting when I was in the fourth grade. I made a colorful sketch of a Mexican man in a sombrero. I remember receiving more than enough compliments on that. During the rest of my school years, it was always my visual art that brought me the most attention. I also was involved in other creative outlets such as: making silent movies and singing/playing guitar in a band. Luckily, I grew up in a neighborhood with other males who weren�t just creative, but also athletic. I really enjoyed playing football with my friends and being on a tennis team. My father taught me a lot about water sports i.e. water-skiing, swimming. I was on several swimming teams, but can't say I liked it much.
I took 3 years of art in high school.
I attended NCSU College of Design and obtained a bachelor�s degree in graphic design. We learned about many design concepts and terms. It helped me see with a designer�s eye. After awhile, it became quite second nature to quickly take into account all the things we were taught. After graduation, I became more interested in painting portraits than in graphic design. Personal computers starting dominating the scene and graphic design was being made solely on the computer. I prefer the low-tech approach to art-making. I enjoy the challenge of making something totally by hand that my customers will treasure and get excited about. A computer might make art that is more �perfect,� but the human hand gives it more soul.
I�ve been a portrait painter for 22 years in the Raleigh area and painted hundreds of faces, (and some buildings). I�ve gone to portrait painting seminars and been taught by some of the most successful painters of our time. I want to continue taking classes and reading books on painting. It can only help me evolve artistically.
I have also found time to produce quite a few non-portrait paintings. Some of my favorite subjects are birds, water and people interacting with each other. I�ve had my non-portraits shown in several art galleries around NC. I�ve sold a few as well. I�ve been hired to make illustrations for a greeting card company. I have painted murals and Duke University hired me to make sketches for several murals we will be painting on campus in the future. I have been paid to create websites and do other graphic design work.