Cowboys, Indians, and More!
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Art has never been just what I do; for me, it is who and what I am. For as long as I can remember, I have reached for crayons, pencils, charcoal, pastels, or paint brushes in an attempt to record inner and outer experiences and visions. Art is my primary language and I am compelled to communicate with it.
Over time my subject matter and painting style have changed or, perhaps, they’ve expanded. What has remained constant is the inclusion of figures, landscapes, and still lifes, painted mostly in a traditionally realistic manner. I am fascinated with physical form, as I am with light and color, too. That I have been given both the desire and the means to express them in a tangible way keeps me over the moon with joy and excitement. Those closest to me know that I am never happier than when creating new artwork.
History is another lifelong love of mine. Since moving to New Mexico, I’ve found myself slipping more and more into the storied and romantic past of the American West. Images of cowboys and cattle drives attract me as much as do Pueblo and Plains Indians and their past cultures. Even though the so-called “glory days” of the Old West are long gone, I have no trouble walking between the worlds in my imagination and painting what I find there. Intense bouts of research and reading fill in any blank spaces; I am ever intent on authentically portraying my subject, be it a bearded iris or a Blackfoot warrior.
Ultimately, making art is my way of giving back, of using the gifts I have been blessed with by Creator. Giving others a different way of seeing the world around them is an important part of what keeps me painting. I know I’ve succeeded when viewers no longer look at me when in the presence of my artwork; they have visually entered my world and are joyfully reveling in it.
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