BFA, Auburn University, 1999
Born and raised in coastal Alabama, I have painted all my life, inspired in the beginning by indigenous trees and bodies of water. Over the years in college, due to my lack of serious or sustained interest in structure and order, I made many less than rewarding attempts to be an architect, industrial designer and graphic artist. Then an art professor discovered my ability to work with color, which laid the foundation and tone for current works, and texture, which created the depth and a more interesting composition and expression of what moves me. That professor worked with me for several years and told me that I was to never again to paint a tree, or at least not one easily recognizable by a casual observer. Having, by then, experienced a taste of life - and too much structure - in a big city, the coastal way of life lulled me back home to my roots. From that point, I have spent more than a decade working to find innovative ways to combine color and texture in my work to evoke eternal, multi-layered shorelines, landscapes, horizons and portals.
My painting is, and will hopefully remain, an absolutely fulfilling use of my time because I can't imagine ever doing anything else for a living. When people look at my paintings and are able to define them in their own terms, I feel like my work has accomplished its purpose. And good background music never hurts the creative flow.