I've written a fair amount about my work and myself in the past, and I always find it difficult to do on many levels. I suppose that is why I am a painter and not a writer. I feel like everything you need to know about me can be found by looking at my work. In short, my paintings tend to be my reaction to current events, the people and society around me, as well as my own thoughts and feelings. I guess sometimes they don't really mean anything, though.
As for my process, I spend a lot of time roughly sketching down ideas that come to me at random times during the day. Sometimes it might just be a word or phrase that pops into me head or a song lyric. I go back and develop and refine some of these ideas into drawings with the intent of making a painting. Sometimes I work these out in color as studies and then later as a larger painting. I typically have several pieces I am working on concurrently that I alternate work on as my mood dictates. The average piece can take me anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to complete. The other element to my work that I find important and I get a lot of questions about is the framing. I always work out the frames alongside of the painting as part of my process. I spend a lot of time searching for frames that might suit my work at thrift stores, antique stores, etc. I worked many years as a picture framer, so I build and/or refinish antique frames to fit the piece I am creating.
If you would like to see more of my process and how I go about making a painting, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I post progress pictures of drawings, paintings, frames, studio shots and other creative tidbits.
Please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions or project ideas or just want to chat about how great you think my work is.
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