Artist Statement

Statement

I am driven by the beauty of nature and the place of humans within it.  I have a predilection for those themes with which I am most familiar and which were meaningful to me in my childhood. Streams, rivers and bodies of water hold a particular fascination as do small towns and the fading remnants of our civilization, so quickly reclaimed by the land.  I prefer to work with limited palettes, seeking to establish a mood in the piece via the interactions of specific color combinations.  My palette is constantly changing to suit the needs of each piece.  I also like to use direction of brushwork to achieve a rhythmic quality.


I have a wide array of influences. Among them are Jean Francois Millet, Frederic Remington, Edward Seago, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer and most especially the Russian Impressionist Isaac Levitan. Closer to home, I admire the work of fellow Arkansan Bill Garrison and the late Louis Freund.  Primary contemporary influences include William Wray and Stapleton Kearns.  Although almost entirely self-taught, my working techniques are firmly rooted in the traditions and knowledge that came before.  I take what I need from these traditions and improvise from them as needed, hoping to craft something that is both recognizable in its roots but that is also an obvious outgrowth of my own instincts.

Bio

I am a native Arkansan with deep roots in Newton and Searcy Counties. I spent many hours of my formative years drawing and roaming on our 200 acre cattle farm and adjacent neighbors' land in Boone and Marion Counties.  I indulged a love of art and a desire to learn to paint as a very young teen by taking my only lessons in Harrison, AR.  Aside from these lessons and the odd workshop now and then, I am self taught.  After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, I moved my young family to the suburbs of Washington D.C. to pursue a career with NASA.  I have designed, built, and operated systems in orbit around Earth and on the surface of Mars.  I currently reside in Maumelle, Arkansas.


Exhibitions

2017
·         SAAC Juried Art Competition
July, South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, AR
·         Art at the Center Juried Show
May-June, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Overland Park, Kansas
·         During Wind and Rain
Poster art for musical performance

2016
·         Richeson Small Works, Meritorious Entries (2)

2015
·         Arkansas League of Artists Annual Juried Show
September-October, Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, AR
·         The Quiet Hours, Solo Show
May-June, Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock
·         Arkansas League or Artists Members Show
May, Argenta Art Gallery, North Little Rock
·         Plein Air Painters Show
April-June, Christ Epscopal Church, Little Rock

2014
·         Painting Arkansas-Finale, Solo Show
May-June, Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock
·         White River Plein Air
May, Cotter, AR (First Timers Award)

2013
·         Diamond National Show
December-January, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center, Hot Springs, AR
·         Arkansas League of Artists Winners Show
December, Patrick Hays Center, North Little Rock, AR
·         Bike Art Show
December-February, The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
·         Arkansas League of Artists Annual Juried Show (3rd Place, Animals/Wildlife)
September-October, Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, AR
·         65th River Valley Invitational
July, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Jurors: Tammy Harrington, Ann Prentice Wagner, Manuela Well-Off-Man
·         Painting Arkansas, Solo Show
July-August, Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, AR
·         Arkansas League Of Artists Signature Members Show
July-August, Cox Creative Center, Little Rock, AR
·         Hot Springs Fine Arts Center Spring Regional (Honorable Mention)
March, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center, Hot Springs, AR

2012
·         Realism Without Borders, Group Show
December, LEE Gallery, Boise, ID
·         Painting Arkansas, Solo Show
October, Van Buren Center for Art and Education
·         Arkansas League of Artists Juried Exhibition
October, Butler Center, Little Rock, AR (First Place, Landscape)
·         Arkansas League of Artists Spring Members Show
May, Terry House, Little Rock, AR (Third Place, Landscape)
  • Hot Springs Fine Arts Center Regional
March, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center

2011
·         Arkansas League of Artists Winners Show
December, THEA Foundation, North Little Rock, AR
·         Diamond National Exhibition (Ralph Michaelis Memorial Award)
September, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center
·         Arkansas League of Artists Annual Juried Show
September and October, Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock
·         Harrison Art League Spring Show (3rd Place Oil)
May, Oak Leaf Gallery
·         Arkansas League of Artists Members Show
May, Terry House, Little Rock, Arkansas
·         Regional Show (Merit Award)
April, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center

2010:
·         Village at Hendrix Designer House
September-October
·         Diamond National Exhibition
August, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center
·         Harrison Art League Spring Show (Honorable Mention)
May, Oak Leaf Gallery

2009
·          “Starry Night”
October, Hot Springs Fine Arts Center
·         “Celebration of the Tulip”
April, ClayTime Studios, North Little Rock
·         “Featured Artist”
April & May, Arkansas State Treasurer’s Office


Professional Memberships
Oil Painters of America
Arkansas League of Artists - Signature Member
Outdoor Painters Society