I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in art, design and studio arts (painting). I was able to fund a lot of my final years in college by selling works.
In the early years of family, time was not a luxury I had so art became what I did on the side and in the recent years I have been getting back to the fundamentals of art in drawing, watercolors and larger scale abstract works.
I have enjoyed some success in being able to accomplish the transfer of an idea to the canvas and as a result I am back to the world of creating an living doing what I love the most.
My work tends to be loose and abstract. I typically let the painting make some decisions on the direction of the work, keeping my ideas intact. Lots of blending, unconventional uses of materials and creating a mood that is earthy in tone, calming, pleasing. I tend to center my work around three areas - Cycling, Music and Landscapes.
I work to keep a handle on technical skills like drawing. Detailed fundamentals in art are critical especially when you are working abstract. You MUST know the real prior to going crazy with the abstract.
I enjoy the process as much, if not more, than the final work.
Not always the best at writing "artist statements" as it seems rather clear - I like to paint. But in the interests to give some insight to me - here we go.
Music, Cycling and Landscapes - and also some off the wall ideas are where you will find most of my work. I would rather draw upon the familiar and then twist it a little bit. I enjoy the notion of creating motion or sound with the paint.....a mood per se.
I spend a lot of time in the outdoors - after all the endless inspiration is out there...and it changes often. The beauty of art, in general, is the input of what is around us and then adding the personal touches that allow you into the mind of the artist.