Even though I did not study art at an early age, I have always enjoyed creating art with a purpose. While pursuing a degree in math and chemistry in college, I used pastels to present chalk talks for devotionals at churches. Through the years, I have particularly liked to paint people and places in a traditional manner. My favorite medium is oil, but I have used pastels, acrylics, and watercolors.
In 2008, I began to paint seriously. I took many workshops from Frank Covino who taught the classical academic techniques used by the Old Masters. These techniques especially appealed to me because of my math and science background. By copying several paintings of many of the Old Masters, I learned to create realistic portraits of people I have met as well as portrayals of landscapes where I have visited. This method requires a lot of time and attention to detail.
At times, creating a piece of art in a few hours or a few days is a fun change for me. I also enjoy painting small images of nature on slices of an oak tree from our country property. I would describe my art as traditional realism.
Texas Country, Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 28″
Girl Holding Lemons after Bouguereau, Oil on board, 18″ x 22″
Texas Fence Row, oil on board, 7″ x 9″
House on Paducah, oil on board, 19″ x 25″
Posing Eagle, oil on oak, 7.5″ x 11″
Cardinal, oil on oak, 7.5″ x 11″