When did you first realize you were an artist?
To be honest, I am not really sure when I realized I was an artist. Both my parents were very artistic and I was encouraged to draw things ever since I can remember. I know that during my adolesence I began my fascination with the figure. I would draw countless eyes over and over again, wanting to master them. I believe that is why the eyes are my key focus in my paintings now. I also knew I wanted to be able to draw and paint the figure realistically. That has always been a goal for me.
Could you tell us about your work?
My work is focused on the figure. I have tried all sorts of subject matter and they all lead me back to the figure. I love to paint with oil paints on wood panel. For my technique, I researched old master painters because I loved their luminous quality and wanted the same affect in mine. So basically, I love the old techniques and materials but like to paint the figure in a more contemporary fashion.
What artists have influenced your work?
Oh there are some big ones here like Caravaggio, Titian, Velasquez, Rembrandt are some old ones for their use of light, composition, texture and technique. Then there is Monet and Wayne Thiebaud for there beautiful color use. I also love the work of Jenny Seville and Deborah Poynton who are both living figure artists.
What is your creative inspiration?
Hmmmm…I would guess I would say that people are my creative inspiration. I love to capture expressions and dynamic poses for my paintings. There is something about the colors of the flesh and unique looks of each individual that continually inspires me. We have a local international market that I could spend hours at watching all the unique individuals from all over the world come in and out. Its truly amazing.
What other interests do you have besides creating art?
Besides creating art, I love to spend time with my family and travel. I love, love to travel. The people I meet and talk to in new cultures is so meaningful to me. I love going to art museums all over the world to see art work I have only seen in books.
What advice would you give to a new artist?
Patience. I can not stress that enough. I have met so many new artists that are in such a hurry to finish their artwork. Sometimes in a single day or a few hours. It took me awhile to develop the patience but I learned that my work was so much better when I took my time with it.
Could you give some advice about the business side of being an artist?
Get your work out there to be seen. If no one sees you, they will not know who you are. Make some business cards and a website. Always have your cards on hand to give out. Make sure your website is up to date with your latest work and exhibitions. Network…network…and network!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
In 10 years I see myself being an established artist whose had many exhibitions around the world. I see myself published in a magazine and perhaps writing a book on art.
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