Woodcarver & Painter
I started doing ‘art’ when I was quite young to beat the simple boredom of youth as my parents had no sympathy for that complaint. Their canned reply, Mom’s actually, was ‘Read a book’ and then I got tired of reading books. My Father would ALWAYS find work or a small job for me to do.
As my work improved over time, being self-taught one learns something with each piece and I kept amazing and amusing myself. I would keep work for home decorations and later dust collecting. Then I would give pieces as gifts first to Family, increasing that circle to close friends and finally selling my work.
An artist friend told me once I needed to ‘focus’ on one single type or form of ‘fine art.’ I was polite and said nothing but had trouble digesting and ‘defining such a niche’ because sometimes I like to carve & paint a duck decoy, sometimes I like to research a new tropical fish or a different shore bird. I also really like working with a client/customer on a commission such as a large painting or a primitive camp sign which include a design and their approval early-on in the process.
Paintings, most often now acrylics on canvas, started as home décor items and continue to evolve. I couldn’t afford to buy originals so I just made my own. My ‘process’ is so simple I am embarrassed to share it here in words.
My gallery & studios are in McKinney and open by appointment only. This will be my third year for MAST and it is a blast. I find the Studio Tour much more friendly & fun than selecting certain items, packing them up, traveling to, setting up and tearing down for shows. If gallery visitors become patrons or clients, the refreshments get progressively better and move towards the higher end.