I paint or draw every day. I can do realistic artwork, impressionism, cubism, abstract and non-objective. By far, the most mentally challenging artwork is abstracts and non-objective painting. My paintings have received awards in many juried exhibitions and juried art festivals.
I am not a gambler with money, but I like to treat my art like poker - a series of contemplated risks and a good chance for a jackpot now and then.
It is impossible to not put a piece of yourself in your artwork. Each contact with the surface of the painting is a decision, a move, a color added, a tilt of the canvas. Each of these can bring great success or near disaster.
I begin each painting as a wet into wet pouring of colors. This method allows colors to explode, mingle and blend with each other - creating magical, unique and unpredictable effects that simply cannot be painted by hand.
Allowing the paint to flow, I use composition, hues, values, principles and elements of design, contrast and the rule of thirds while working through a painting to finality.
Each painting sits in a dark area of my home for days, weeks and sometimes months for me to study and look at it in different lighting. This helps in determining any changes that need to be made.
Upon completion, my artwork is sealed in a UV polymer varnish that protects the surface from dust and dirt and helps to prevent fading due to ultraviolet radiation.
P. O. Box 810664
Dallas, TX 75381
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