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It’s 11:00 PM and I’m just getting settled in for a night of painting. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m an incurable night owl. Over the years I’ve tried to reverse my internal clock but I’ve found those silent moments, when the rest of the world is sleeping, to be the most creative and productive for me.
When I approach my paintings in those quiet hours, I keep several things in mind. I hope my portrait clients will enjoy and appreciate the experience of viewing their painting for years to come. I want my still life paintings to inspire and push my abilities further. And sometimes, I simply paint for the challenge of the process.
What motivates me most is really not a goal. It’s more like a character flaw that drives me to attempt the unachievable. I’d like my paintings to be perfect. Oh, I know, that’s an exercise in futility, but some stubborn part of me just keeps reaching.
I won’t stop until one of my portraits begins to speak or a vase can actually be grasped and removed from the painting. Imagine!
I enjoy creating commissioned works which consist primarily of traditional portraits. I’ve been doing this full time for over 25 years. It keeps me busy year-round and continues to be an enjoyable aspect of my career.
Over the past few years, however, I have added still life painting to my endeavors. I create still life pieces for the gallery I co-own (OA Gallery in Kirkwood, Missouri) and am pushing this area further into new subjects and techniques.
While I will always offer commissioned portraits, I am looking to focus more on my still life work. I adore the challenge of painting reflections in glass and metal and am fascinated by how light bends through and around these surfaces. It’s silly but true, I like to paint “shiny things” and I hope to paint them believably.
I think my background in illustration drives me to render realistically and the “fine art” side of me intends to leave the element of the human touch in my work. I aim for believable realism with a creative, human component whether in the concept or execution of a piece.
As much as I enjoy studio time, an artist has to get out too! Much of the time I am a solitary artist working in my home studio.
I look forward to teaching pastel and oil workshops to both beginners and professional artists. This is a rewarding and exciting for me and I hope to add more workshops to my schedule in coming years.
The opportunity to get out and engage with other artists is truly uplifting and I always leave the experience having learned something new.
The combination of commissioned portraits, still life painting, gallery ownership and teaching are often separate paths for artists, but I think my involvement in each compliments the others and improves my skills.