I’m a traditionally trained, realistic painter. Many say my art is photo-realistic and it may look like a photograph, but my style is more painterly using abstract layers of color built up to achieve the effect I’m looking for. I create my paintings using traditional methods of laying down thin transparent washes of color until I reach the result.
My original subjects are how I see America, usually larger canvases using acrylic or oil. I was influenced by Robert Cottingham and Richard Estes during my studies, sparking some of my early work. Soon after my formal schooling and apprenticeship under artist Armando L. Balboni, I took a sabbatical from painting and left to travel the world as a Naval Officer and Intelligence Operative. This experience culminated with me living and working in over 50 countries, and being a veteran of foreign wars in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These travels made me appreciate the wonderful world of art, but more importantly how different American style was.
I began painting again in 2015 with renewed passion after I returned from the wars - feeling the need to depict the American story. My strong memory of uniquely American style during simpler times drives my passion. I continue to explore classic themes and environments intent on sharing my American vision with others. I measure success when the viewer has the feeling of being there, in that space when looking at my work. If you can smell the coffee, or hear the sounds from viewing my painting then I have done my job!
My original subjects begin from 35mm slides I took in the 1980’s, but now that this photo medium is available again, I’m continuing to capture images of subjects this way. Currently, I’m working on an automotive inspired oil on canvas and expanding my Neon Sign and Diner series.
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