One will experience my defined style within my different techniques. Seeing into my soul and realizing distinctive personalities through my creative expressions will introduce you to my unique works of art. I create animals that are alive, vibrant and emotional yet I tend to live in a colorful world of abstract images which have meanings beyond explanation. Discover my uncommon digital art to evoke different emotions and gaze into my surreal representations of nature and life only to find reality. My artworks allow the viewer to create their own conclusions…
My interest in art began as a child. I was born with a love for animals and a passion for painting. Having come from a broken home and having a lot of free time at a young age, I developed my very own art skills through experimenting with crayons and finger paints. This eventually took me down the road of art and before I knew it, I was stopping at the art store on my way home from school and found myself buying new colored pencil packs and sketchbooks with my lunch money. My complete adoration and love for animals developed from my relationship that I had with our family dog. I was fascinated with his running speed and found enjoyment in his facial expressions and funny antics. I believe these experiences molded me in the direction of animals and a true love for painting them. My art grew more and more with each passing day. In high School my favorite pastime was doodling and eventually I doodled my way into an art class and made some friends too. I started a home business when I was 16 which was all about capturing people’s favorite photos onto sweatshirts and sold them at a fair price to many students and their family members. I was making a decent living at a young age with nothing more than a few bottles of fabric paint an airbrush and a pack of generic sweatshirts. My dream ended when I had included an older woman who was in her thirties that saw the money making idea and wanted it for herself. I was very naive and did not see her as anything more than a nice person who loved my art. She made her way into my home and offered me a deal. The deal was that I painted the scenes and animals onto the sweatshirts and she would add sparkling decorations onto the artwork and we would split the profits and sell them together. Well, one day I left her alone in my work room and she had left with all my supplies. Later, I heard from the grapevine that this woman was selling my designs. I never knew what became of her after that, but she stole the very essence of my existence and left me discouraged, frustrated and without enough money to buy more supplies. That was the end of my teenage art business or so I thought…..
2. What style of art do you do and What made you choose the style of art you use most?
I have been called a student of many styles but my main focus is realistic interpretations of animals in a surreal environment. I hope to present a fresh view of animals to the public eye with a twist, if you will. I am also very interested in colorful abstracts and modern representations of today’s society and the idea of different cultures and the way technology relates to our future. My life’s experiences had a big influence on my many styles and I have become a slave to the direction my artwork is predestined to become.
2008 collection is what I call my growth spurt.
forward. My accomplishments this year already have been great. The Community Medical Center in Toms River New Jersey, USA, has just purchased my Three Therapy Dog Paintings valued at 2500 a piece and will be putting them on permanent display in their facility starting April of 2008. This was a fundraiser project to raise money for a local therapy dog organization . Created in acrylics and
finished with Satin Varnish each Measuring 48″ wide x 24″ high. There are three paintings that make up this collection of “Bright and Beautiful”. They represent 12 working Therapy Dogs whom are members of the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Organization in Morris Plans NJ. The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that evaluates, tests, trains, qualifies and assists therapy dog/handler teams in order to provide loving, nurturing and empathic visitation in nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, senior residences, schools, private homes, and other locations where emotional service dogs are indispensable. All proceeds from the sales of the originals will go to the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Organization. This event will have future radio and television broadcasts and many press releases.
My next project is a wonderful idea created by other artists and groups of influential and caring people to help horses through art. It is what is known as a mosaic mural in which is an artist collaborative consisting of about 150 artists who specialize in horses. Each Artist is given a panel or two approximately 8 x 11 and is asked to create a piece of art that represents the glory of horses. http://www.gloryofhorses.com When it is finished and the puzzle pieces are assembled it will make one image. This is a big event that will actually be traveling throughout the USA, EUROPE and CANADA. It is very exciting…We already are scheduled to appear at the Wisconsin Horse Fair and at the 2008 Kentucky Derby. As the mural travels more places are added along the way. I am so happy to be a part of this project!
Other than that I am trying to finish my website which will have many originals available for public purchase and a new section dealing with corporate art and art specifically designed for businesses. I really want to develop a following with my abstractions and take a more modern approach to sales. I am always on the lookout for juried competitions and will be looking for future gallery representation and new avenues to showcase my artwork!
13. How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
My portraits take awhile to complete. For one portrait, I like to give myself at least 3 weeks of full time work to complete the piece. My abstracts and other paintings take as long as they take. My new digital art takes the least time to create because I have the computer to create my colors and shapes.
Very well, .an Artist must realize that not everyone will enjoy their creativity or believe in their ideas. This is a big part of art.
I actually take time away from the piece I am working on and try not to think about it for a couple of hours or sometimes even days. Then I go back and look at it again and at this point, I usually have another idea in my head or a way forward with the piece, if you will.