I feel a passion to create that has driven me since I was a child. I still remember finger-painting in Kindergarten. All those bright colors and the gooey feel between my fingers excited me, as the colors blended and made new colors. The experience was magical. I could create something, anything I wanted!
This passion has spanned a lifetime and I still derive great satisfaction from my work. Several good teachers along the way have each lifted me to the next level. My Kindergarten teacher, Miss Wilson, wrote in my report card that I still have, that I should pursue a career in art. A mechanical drawing teacher in junior high saw something in me and had me doing college level work by the end of the semester. An art teacher at the local junior college taught me how to see and reproduce reflections in chrome, bright paint and water, and the mechanics of light and shadow.
A life’s dream was fulfilled when I was accepted by The Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California. Every instructor was a top professional in his or her field, and every class was mind expanding. Although my intention then was to be an automobile designer, I soon learned that if you can draw a good-looking car, you can draw anything. My drawing skills expanded, along with a deeper understanding of color, composition and lighting. I ate this stuff like candy.
In 1980, Southern California was the center of the universe for the custom car industry, and my dream to become an automobile designer has played out differently than I had at first thought. I worked with sheet metal instead of a pencil or styling clay. While attending Art Center, I worked part time for Gene Winfield, one of the early custom car builders from the 1950’s, who also saw something special in me and personally taught me how to chop tops, shave door handle and french headlights and taillights. Gene was yet one more great teacher.
Building hot rods and custom cars has been a big part of my life but I pursue my art full time. Although I’ve painted hundreds of watercolors over the years, I’m exploring other media and techniques.
Automobiles are a favorite subject of mine, a result of working around a variety of exotic and beautiful cars, but portraits are like magic. The special magic of a portrait is when it begins to look back at you.
My subjects tell me I’ve captured their soul. I often paint in a photo-realistic style but enjoy a very unique style of fantasy art. All of my work is designed to pull the viewer in and keep the viewer engaged, finding more depth, more meaning.
More of my work can be seen on this site and social links, along with lots of photos and more of my projects and creations.
I accept commissions to paint portraits, pets, automobiles, airplanes, steampunk and fantasy art, caricatures, cartoons or other traditional subjects.
I no longer live such an exciting life but now enjoy retelling my tales for your enjoyment.