From a very young age, drawing
was very important to me. In third grade, I tried to do the standard subjects
like trees or sunlight with a little difference. I spent time adding lots of
branches rather than a green ball that was meant to suggest leaves. For the
sun, I always made sure to show each ray of the sun going to the top of the
page or down to the ground. When I got to sixth grade, I met a classmate who
was very talented. His drawings were what you might expect from a boy of that
age, but the pictures of jet planes, etc., were detailed to practically a
photographic level. For me, a jet plane was two ovals that over lapped. His
drawing inspired me to work harder to learn the skill. I would draw pictures of
classmates (yes they were the pretty girls) instead of paying much attention to
By the time I got to high
school, my work was starting to develop. I spent my senior year trying to
decide between my interests in art, music and writing. I had some talent in
each, but had to try to decide what might give me the best chance of making a
living from my creative pursuits. In the
end I chose painting because at that time, I felt that it gave me the best
chance to succeed since I would have more control of the product in terms of
finding customers and selling to them directly.
I spent the next several years having some success as a painter. I won some awards and did some work that others have found enjoyable enough to want to purchase. I had a studio in Richmond, VA that allowed me to paint a good bit of work. One of the paintings that is in the site (James Center the Illumination) was created in a single weekend. I hope you will enjoy the results of over 50 years of patience and effort.
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