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I paint in acrylics and oil, the latter my preference. I'm essentially a traditionalist in technique, and lean toward realism in style. However, something more impressionistic might happen if a painting tells me that's what it wants to be.
Essentially self-taught under tutorial guidance of many professional mentors via DVD! Thank goodness for DVDs and the accomplished artists who reach out to share and provide their techniques and knowledge to emerging artists who cannot attend workshops or did not have the opportunity to pursue an art education in college, much less an art career.
I have no agenda. I am simply driven by the creative energy inside me. Fine art painting is only one outlet. If I am not painting, I might be creating something outside out of stone or old wood to decorate the yard. My house has always been my sculpture; I have done most of the renovation on my old adobe house, sculpturing plaster into arches and niches, refinishing wooden floors, rebuilding kitchen cabinets from the old, etc, etc. Drawing was a childhood talent, misguided by teachers who steered me into directions I was not naturally bent --such as music. Cannot carry a tune, yet was put into music instead of art. I used to spend hours at the Chicago Art Institute awed by the masterful paintings. I dabbled throughout adulthood more as a hobby; family and friends who expressed a special liking for a painting got it. Still do. When I was forced into early retirement by a giant corporate takeover of the midsized company I worked for that was phased out, I had more time to spend on painting. By a fluke I got my artwork accepted into a local art gallery and became a resident artist there. That was in November 2010 and when my education in the art world really began.
Aside from serious study on my own--reading about the Old Masters, the various methods and the technicalities of fine art--I got to know local artists and involved in the art community. Then started delving into the myriad of art websites, discovered FAA and so many more. I have been juried into local shows; my first attempt at a still life was accepted into the prestigious regional 2011 Arts International Show encompassing Texas/New Mexico/Chihuahua Mexico, which I consider my major accomplishment; have sold originals and prints at the shows and even off Fine Arts America, and figure I will continue to learn and evolve and emerge into the next life.
As Jeff Legg says (on his DVD), 'every painting is an adventure.' For sure for me, every painting starts out without knowing how it will end up; I am always 'seeing' new things to develop, therefore changing it during the painting process. A brush painting might end up a knife painting. Sometimes my initial amazement at the end result turns into disgust and I wipe it all out. I consider every failure a learning, practice exercise . Although the creative process is a joy, it can be frustrating. I can understand why VanGogh cut off his ear. LOL. Or at least a piece of the lobe. After all, he sold only one painting in his lifetime (or so I have read); he had to die to become famous.
For any information or any questions you might have, feel free to email me. Browse and let me know what you think, if you wish. I take the bad with the good. Thank you for stopping by and come back again.
New Mexico Dec 2011
A handful of my favorite artists: Kyle Polzin, Dalhart Windberg, George Hallmark, Morgan Weistling, Tom Perkinson, Jeanne Leemon, and the list is virtually infinite. I find more favorites everyday, famous and not famous.
2013 El Paso Art Association; Oil Painters of America
January Crossland Gallery, El Paso TX--4 artist show
Western Impressions Art Show, Crossland Gallery, El Paso TX
Arts International 2013 Exhibition; Chairperson/coordinator
MyArtContest.com 2013 Landscapes Honorable Mention
December: Christmas Magic Fair; Crossland Art Gallery, El Paso, TX
November: 2011 Fine Arts International Show; American Juried Art Salon
November: El Paso Scenes Show; Sunland Art Gallery, El Paso, TX
Oct/Nov: Arts International Exhibit 2011; Cancer Treatment Institute; juried, El Paso,TX
September: Bucky Bowen Memorial Southwestern Show; Sunland Art Gallery, El Paso. TX
August: Western Impressions Art Show 2011; El Paso Downtown Library
July: America the Beautiful Art Show 2011; Crossland Gallery, El Paso, TX
May: Miniatures in May, Sunland Art Gallery, El Paso, TX
April: Spring Show, Sunland Art Gallery, El Paso, TX
November 2010 - May 2011, Sunland Art Gallery, El Paso, TX
November 2010 - Present El Paso Art Association, El Paso, TX