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I started out as a small child drawing what I saw around me in everyday life. When I began to read I liked action, adventure, war, and science fiction stories. I am mostly self-taught. Family gave me large rolls of paper on which I drew out stories. I was hospitalized with a weak lung during this time. A kind Doctor drew my portrait and that experience motivated me to later draw portraits.
After a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy I settled in Savannah with its rich artistic history. In the mid 90’s, while working in an unrelated field, I sold my first piece of art, a fifeteen minute pencil portrait drawing, done while sitting on the sidewalk of Riverstreet. I began drawing portraits in other squares and parks in and around downtown Savannah and in Charleston.
Some of the many art festivals I’ve participated in were the "Fine Arts on the River" events. At one of those events, I won 1st place in the painting category with my first abstract painting, done in pastel, titled, “Riverstreet, Savannah River & Bridge." (see below) This image was printed on their event shirts, their marquee banner and has been on the cover of "The Savannah Scene" magazine, numerous times over the years.
Other events I’ve participated in have been the "Sunshine Festival" on St. Simons Isl, the "Ogeechee Seafood Festival" in Richmond Hill and other events on Tybee Isl. and in Blufton SC.
I draw what I see, for example, portraits, landscapes, man-made landmarks, still life’s and nature mostly with pastel, graphite, or watercolor. I was a member of the Savannah Art Association and was invited to join their co-op, The Chippewa Gallery. When this gallery closed, I became one of the founding members of The Savannah Gallery of Art at 304 E Bryan St. in 2021.
I’ve been experimenting with acrylic abstract painting recently and I try to convey a story of balance or sometimes imbalance, with color, composition, mediums, and tools. My abstracts relate to my previous work in that I first develop an idea in my mind’s eye and then begin a process of an underdrawing. Sometimes I don’t even have an idea as I start. I just let the paint tell its own story. I let it flow and swirl from the container, brush or tool and in no particular form or direction. I throw, pull, scrape, and push the colors until the painting follows it's own course. I also enjoy learning the guitar.
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