Highlights of my life as an artist
My lifelong passion for creating art began at the age of 5. I had just returned home from the hospital after having surgery.
My best friend and next-door neighbor, Joe brought me a present. It was a Finger Painting Set and I was ecstatic!
I painted day and night, basically creating a mess. A big enough mess that my mother took it and threw it in the trash. But it didn’t stop me from making my mark anywhere I could with whatever material I could get.
Fast forward many years and I found my self in the US Navy assigned to 1st Division onboard the USS Lynde McCormick an Adams Class destroyer.
There I was required to do a great deal of painting. All in boring “haze grey” but there were a few other colors, like Red Lead used as a rust proofing primer and a green primer also and a small amount of Hazard Yellow (plus white and black paint)
One day while over the side of the ship scraping and painting, I got a Wild Hare and painted a 20 Foot tall Nude of a very busty Woman.
All the guys got a good laugh, but not for long. Seems someone across the harbor saw it and called our captain. “I don’t know who painted the naked lady on the side of the ship, but you got 60 seconds to get her off!” hollered the captain over the loud speaker.
Fortunately my friends helped me paint over her quickly, and now she lies under untold layers of paint somewhere on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The ship was decommissioned and used for target practice not long after my enlistment was up.
In 2011 I was honored to be selected as one among several local artists chosen to participate in the Omni Hotel Art Project, and now 52 of my Abstract Paintings hang in the suites and hallways of the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas, Texas.
After the hundredth person asked me “how’d you do that?” I decided to tell them, and in 2014 I started making Online Courses to teach others how to create several of my popular styles.
I now have over 10,000 students in more than 130 countries.
This year 2020 during the pandemic I decided to explore figurative abstracts as I call them. Mostly Faces done in a very loose expressive manner meant to evoke all the mixed emotions these troubling times have aroused.
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