I paint & draw the people, places & things around me. For me, the joy in creating lies in the very acts of looking at my subject and the interpretation of it into color and form. It’s the solving of a visual puzzle and honing of skills are what keeps me making art. The fact that at the end of this process, you have a work that can then be shared with and admired by others is all gravy. Working from life (or photos if needed) is an integral part of my work. The purest joy in art making for me comes from the translations between what I’m observing and what I’m making.
I’m a fairly straight-forward ADD type of person. Very rare is it when I can slow myself down and do one thing at a time. However, when I’m “in the zone” concentrating on a drawing or painting, I reach this meditative-like state. And this is one of the major reasons I make art. It focuses me like nothing else.
I am an artist living in Huntington, WV. I paint & draw the people, places & things around me. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art in 2012 at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. When I’m not locked away in the studio, you can find me at my favorite coffee place or craft beer bar, watching pro wrestling, or snuggling with my kitties.