When I decided to pursue fine art as a career I initially struggled with the creative process and inspiration. Luckily at this time I met my muse. She, and our life together, was referenced as my primary subject matter. Relationship issues, becoming a father and starting a family were all fodder. I pursed my graduate work at the University of Cincinnati. My interests expanded for a time. A part of my attention went to the beauty I perceived within the bridges and roadways around us and thus there was the Highway to Heaven Series. I incorporated multiple photographs overlapping as references for my Lithographs. Interesting distortions were created this way. Then I decided that I liked the potential for a more involved narrative using people in multiple panels shown together as a single image. Although I usually draw family members, for a time I have been willing to make art using others. These pieces reflected an aspect of an emotion I was feeling, revealed some facet of my psyche and or were visually interesting. My work has been immediate in nature but because we as people share so much in common my hope has been that the viewer would see something in my art that they could identify with. Individual pieces have dealt with various topics such as apathy and frustration, Iconic love, inspiration, emotional turmoil, individual personalities, domestic abuse, daily life (and it’s beauty) introspection and the complexity and mobility of our society. Wanting to press myself and experiment, I’ve played with original photo-shopped images as art along with more abstract drawings. Most recently I've pursued figure drawing. The human figure is beautiful to draw and a challenge to me. Although this subject matter has some limitations it is necessary for me to draw from life. I use figure drawing to hone my drafting and compositional skills and I look forward to trying to bring an added dimension to this pursuit. At times I know exactly what I want to do for the next few images while in other situations I find myself searching for a direction. My work has documented my life; where I have been, what I have done and what I’ve felt. I want to grow, to be more than what I currently am. There is a great disparity between my current skill level and the kind of work I hope to create. Closing that gap may be impossible but doing my best is my goal.
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