I grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area (small town called Lithonia to be exact) and started drawing at an early age. After high school, with no formal art training or clue as to what I was to do, vocationally speaking, I entered the commercial art program at Pensacola Christian College. There I was able to study under master artist and illustrator, Brian Jekel as a student as well as in the art studio of A Beka Book, where I worked for 3 years. After graduation I pursued a career of freelance illustration and continued learning my craft by studying with other great artists and illustrators both past and present.
I am fascinated by light and how it relates to edges and color. My goal is that each of my paintings capture the emotion of the subject, and not just the mere superficial facts. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.
I have always been enjoyed visiting a state park up in the Northwest corner of Arkansas called Devil’s Den. The rocks lining the river for miles and the only sounds are the birds and flowing water. I wanted to paint a fairly large picture that captures the tranquility of this special place.
Sorting through some of my photo reference, I start sketching some ideas. I think it might be fun to add a bear so I look for a reference and do a sketch of that too.
The photo reference of the creek is just for information only. I am not interested in copying this photo as it does not have the emotion that I want. An early morning might be more interesting.
First step is to very loosely block-in the overall painting with the basic colors using a large brush. After I allow this to dry for a few days, I am ready to begin the finished painting, from back to front.
I work on the sky and then the mountains, refining the shapes and drawing as I go with the paint, and always stepping back and taking the whole picture in and making sure it works well from a distance.
The painting up to this point has the look of a dry creek bed, because I will have to lay in the rocks and then apply the lights of the water to achieve the look of clear water. The thickest paint is applied last and will reflect the light shown on it when it hangs on the wall for a nice effect.
Here you can see it all framed up and on the wall. I look forward to enjoying this a few months before it travels to an art show. If you like this painting you may want to check out my instagram by clicking here
Friday morning painting from a live model is a nice break from studio work and great creative exercise. I started with a very loose block in and went with a limited palette of titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red, which is pretty close to that used by artist Anders Zorn. I made sure to keep the first stage very loose and not get bogged down in the details, and kept my warms and cool brushes separated.
My latest oil painting… a 24″x 36″ canvas, inspired by a trip to Torrey Pines State Park. I had so much fun painting this one, and stood for the entire painting, standing about 10 feet back while mixing my paint, and contemplating the next brush stroke.
I have recently started a 24″x36″ canvas and thought I would share this in progress stage with the sky painted in. I work on this area first, or from back to front, as this will set the tone and “light” the entire scene. This is from a series of reference from a trip last summer to Torrey Pines State Park in California, an absolutely gorgeous place.