When it comes to finding images to paint I look for what I call everyday magic. It’s those things that give me a moment of awe or they make me pause and enjoy life. I work primarily in oils and like to apply numerous layers – letting them build up for that sense of depth. Recently, because I struggle to find studio time between the day job and kids, I've been forcing myself to do quick Alla Prima studies so you'll see a few of those scattered throughout my work. Sometimes it's just more important to paint period than it is to paint perfect.
For my day job I work in Technology as a software development manager near Seattle, WA. I'm a native Texan though and heavens knows I seriously miss good queso.
My foray into oil painting really began in 2012 when I started taking classes at the CAC in Dallas. I'd been looking for an outlet for my work frustration, a way to break away, and I certainly found it. An 8-5 job is great for structure and the money helps pay for art supplies of course, but that means my artistic endeavors have to be completed at night or on weekends – hence the “after hours”. When I’m not planning and organizing at work - or chasing a 2 year old around the house - I’m trying to motivate myself to do something creative, something different and hopefully inspiring.
Awards and Recognition
- 2014 “Pellinor” accepted into Plano 125 Juried Art Show
- 2014 Rockwall Art League Annual Show – 2nd place Oils, “Hannah Dancing”
- “Carousel Horses” Selected for 2014 Creative Arts Center of Dallas Annual Membership Show
- 2013 Rockwall Art League Annual Show – 2nd place Oils “Friends”, People’s Choice Award
- 2013 Paint Rowlett Competition hosted by Artist Around Texas – Winner of Art Trading Cards Category
- “Friends” Wins Honorable Mention at the 2012 Business Council for the Arts “On Your Own Time” contest – hosted by Imaginuity
- “Tate Cows” Selected for 2012 Creative Arts Center of Dallas Annual Membership Show