I have been drawing and painting for many years. An uncle noticed that I like to draw when I was in the fifth grade and he bought me a small oil paint set. My first painting with those oils was a portrait of Dean Martin. I can remember winning a few awards, and I was asked to help with art in class and school activities. I doodled and drew a lot. Drawing or doodling when I should have been studying often got me in trouble in school.
While I have always been told I was artistic, I never thought about it much until I started to sell my work. I just loved to draw. Today, I have been drawing and painting for more than fifty years. I should be an artist by now, but I’m still learning. I started getting serious about my work a few years ago, especially portraits.
For some time, I have wanted to paint for a living, but I am satisfied to live to paint when I can. God has led me down a path He has chosen and added art to be my escape. Maybe that is why it is such a joy to me. I pastored churches for 33 years and was a chaplain at the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Houston for four years. I served at North Park Baptist Church in Humble, Recently my wife and I moved to Cleveland, TN.
I paint when I can and love every minute of it.
I have never had any formal training in art. I have studied art that interests me as much as I could, and I took a few semesters of art instruction in college but I’m mostly self-taught and still learning.