Being a keen observer of human behavior, it is only natural that my inspiration usually comes from an interaction between people or some incident that occurred in every day life. Depicting birds and dogs and other creatures to symbolize human interactions allows me to be more playful in my expression. The goal is that the whimsical figures, and rich, bright colors evoke a sense of happiness and hope for the viewer. The work begins with an idea or a direction, which is sketched onto canvas. Painting with acrylic, layers are added in varying thicknesses, from glazes to impasto. I want the viewer to be drawn in by the content of the image, but to be delighted by the rough texture of the surface, evocative of a fresco. Both palette knives and brushes are used to build the texture. After the layers have dried, washes are added, then details are completed with ink and crayon. I like to work on big canvases because the clean graphic images combined with the large tactile surface creates a more compelling image.
I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduation I pursued a career in graphic design and opened my own firm, but painting continued to be the primary outlet for my creative expression. I have taught design at the local community college as well as given private art lessons. I have been exhibiting at juried art shows around the country since 2001.