While plein air painting one day, an old man came up to me and said, “I have been coming here to drink my morning coffee most of my life and I never realized how beautiful it was until I saw your painting.” That is the greatest compliment I could hope for.
My creation process is intuitive and uses no shortcuts. The process itself is enjoyable and meditative, especially when I am painting outdoors en plein air. I prefer to work in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal. I usually listen to the subject to determine the media. I challenge myself constantly by using different techniques and varying subjects and media. I further hone my drawing skills through weekly life drawing sessions with a model and frequent sketches.
I have always been orbiting an art career. I wanted to be a comic book illustrator in high school. Then I wanted to design 3d animation in college. After college I ran an advertising firm and did a lot of graphic design. I finally realized that the only part of any job I had ever loved was the creation and drawing. So it isn't that I decided to become an artist, but that I finally stopped fighting it. Art is no longer something I do, it is who I am.