My artistic journey began as soon as I was old enough to pick up a pencil and draw on brown paper grocery bags. As a toddler, I was fascinated how people could draw things, like airplanes, etc., and make them look like they were really there, like they were three-dimensional.
Then, Star Wars entered my life and from that moment on, I was drawing X-wings, Y-wings, TIE Fighters, the Death Star, Darth Vader, —you get the idea. Over the years, I expanded my likings into the world of comics and fantasy art. Then, in high school, I became entranced by Playboy artist Patrick Nagel’s elegant depictions of beautiful women. Mixing his stylings while taking mechanical and architectural illustration in high school, I found myself enjoying a well-rounded assortment of artistic interests.
I was fortunate to serve in the USAF in the visual information field. This introduced me to the digital side of graphic art, and I became quite familiar with programs like Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Bryce 3-D, Freehand, and others. Having an inclination toward photography and cinematography, I found the digital side of graphic manipulation quite enjoyable.
My design interests cover pretty much the entire scope of fine arts mediums: sketch, pen & ink, oil/chalk pastels, watercolors, acrylic/oil painting, etc. I’ve also spent far too many hours tinkering with creations in Bryce 3-D, too, -adjusting cloud altitude, density, sun-positioning, haze levels, painting terrain, selecting water type, density and depth.
I believe that the best buffets are the ones with the most variety. That’s how I see myself and art: I love it all, and it’s neat to mix and match styles and mediums and platforms. Fine art can be scanned/photographed and polished via digital technology; digital creations can mimick fine art via programs like Painter and Photoshop with the aid of a pressure-sensitive Wacom tablet, allowing a digital oil painting to be perpetually wet.
Art, in its various forms, is ultimately an act of creation. I love to create beauty in all its forms, from visual art to symphonic music, from creating stories to sculpting objects and living things, etc. We live in a fantastic world filled with pondrous wonders, and when we explore our inner selves by making intangibles into tangibles, and sharing with others, we enrich ourselves and those who enjoy that creative work.