I was once told that doing art is the great journey. With no roadmaps. No directions. Sometimes no known destination. And the only guidance you may be blessed with is intuition. Intuition fueled by imagination.
Although my work is representational and derived from nature, I leave it open to interpretation. Two of my influences are the American painter George Inness for his later work and its minimal detail, lighting, and soft brushwork; and German painter Gerhard Richter for his unorthodox choice of subject matter and superb technical ability.
My goal is to make something that resonates visually and emotionally, not only for me but for the viewer as well.
I was painting 'en plein air' (that’s French for 'hot and dusty') in the New Mexico desert one day when one of my fellow painters shouted, “Watch out for rattlesnakes!” I thought “To hell with this. I think I’ll be a studio painter.” But my hat is off to 'en plein air' painters. To be successful, they have to be fast as well as decisive. I tend to mull over paintings and let them evolve intuitively.
The man I consider to be my mentor was illustrator Jack Unruh. Jack was world famous for his talent and encouraged me in both painting and illustration. The counsel of equally famous and talented illustrator/painter Bart Forbes has also proven invaluable.
Current Trends in Print, Elon University, Elon, NC 2009
Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 2009
Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 2010
Festival of Independent Theaters, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX, 2010
White Rock Lake Centennial, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 2011
Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, TX 2012
New Texas Talent XX, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2013
Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 2014
Dia de los Muertos, Exhibit3, Dallas, TX
Pettigrew Gallery, 2-person show, Dallas, TX 2015
Art Kudos, Online Exhibition 2015
2nd Regional Juried Exhibition, Artspace111 Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
Bird: The Artists Eye View of Birds, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX
Texas Artists Exhibition, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX 2015
Skies, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery
Grace United Methodist Church 2015
Fresh Paint Biennial, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2015
Hunting Art Prize, Finalist, Houston, TX 2016
Texas Visual Arts Association National Exhibition, group show
Official illustrator of the U.S. Postal Service postage stamp in 2013
Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition multiple finalist, 2015, F & W Media, Inc
Artist’s Magazine Artist of the Month 2016
Creative Quarterly: Published in four issues for 2015
Creative Quarterly Annual: Top 25 Fine Artists of 2015
Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual , Cincinnati, Ohio for 2014
Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual , Cincinnati, Ohio for 2016
Southwest Art Magazine & Collector’s Guide finalist, 2015, F & W Media, Inc.
Studio Visit Magazine 2016
Boy Scouts of America; Chicago Sun Times; Catholic Health Association of the United States; Chronicle of Higher Education; Cure magazine; Dallas Chamber Orchestra; Dallas Morning News; Dallas Society of Visual Communications; Globe & Mail of Canada; Hartford Courant; Health Progress Magazine; Hunt Petroleum; The Meadows Foundation; Museum of Natural History NYC; Newsweek; Northwestern University; PC Magazine; Rutgers University; The Salvation Army; Southern Methodist University; University of Notre Dame; University of Richmond; The University of Texas; United States Postal Service.