I loved to draw as a child. Horses, mostly. I decided to be an artist early in life and never gave anything else serious consideration.
After earning a degree in Commercial Art I found work in the printed apparel industry. I made custom designs using fonts on transfer sheets, ink drawings with rapidograph pens, stencils cut with a swivel knife from ruby lith on a back lit drafting table using a straight edge and triangle. So many tools and materials to use. It was manual creative work done with skilled precision that I liked, in the company of other fun art elves.
I used Corel Draw, Illustrator and Photoshop when we transitioned to digital production, skills I am grateful to have learned. I painted during my years in college, but began in earnest at this time using “How to Paint like the Old Masters” by Joseph Sheppard as a guide. I entered calls for entry engaging in many exhibitions, and selling.
I chose to leave graphic art and become a sub contractor, using my painting skills in surface repair. I valued the autonomy, liked planning the best approach and challenges to my skill level.
I was excited by the ideas in Patricia Seligman’s book “Painting Murals” and began making murals and ornamental painting during this time.
I am a resident artist at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood Colorado. My creative life is active and seeking calls for entry, gallery representation and commissions.
Illusory Creations Mural and Ornamental Painting 2006-2009
Painted large scale decorative designs in private homes and in the Parade of Homes