I HAVE A DEEP AND ABIDING RESPECT FOR THE ARTISTIC MYSTERY THAT
DRIVES ITS OWN CREATION . . .
As an artist, to participate in the “mysterious” is what continually draws me back into the studio, to the
canvas, sculpting tool or press. If approached correctly, within that creative space of the studio there is an
energy that begins with a nebulous spark of inspiration then quickly goes beyond individual talent or
thought into the realm of the mysterious. Once this elusive energy manifests, the artist’s job is to try as
they might to keep up with it, as it demandingly dictates stroke, colour and content.
It is quite humbling to watch as the painting, sculpture or print starts taking on “life”, dictating form,
colour, and meaning under the hand of the artist. There is a feeling of urgency as the energy of the image
seeks to take form and manifestation, which demands of the artist a delicate process of balancing
technical expertise with inspirational dictates.
The creative work itself “takes it own life” so surely that the artist is often caught off guard as the
painting pushes them away and claims its own life separate from its creator. The creative work, the
painting, sculpture or print then stands alone on it own merit and within its own mystery.
To participate in this eternal creative process, in even such a small way, is an humbling experience which
can be felt, but not truly be described. . .but which artists throughout history have struggled to express.
MY ART CAREER BEGAN AS AN ILLUSTRATOR
Apprenticing under Don Punchaz in the Sketch Pad Studio, Arlington Texas, I worked on cover-art for
Look, Forbes, Ramparts and Playboy magazines. Moving from Texas to Florida I worked at Cape
Canaveral (Cape Kennedy) as an illustrator for the Space Shuttle Program, before transitioning to my
own Painting/Printmaking Studios & Gallery in Marietta Georgia.
CORPORATE PAINTINGS AND ETCHINGS
After establishing etching/painting studios in Georgia, I embarked on painting for corporate collections
while my etchings were shown in galleries across the USA. The corporate art went into collections of
Reynolds Tobacco, General Electric, Wachovia Bank, Hanes SaraLee, Arthur Anderson etc., most
Corporations commissioned multiple paintings. Wachovia Bank has more than 250 paintings in its
Parallel to the corporate paintings I established myself as an etcher creating multi-plate copper etchings
and mono-prints. The full colour multi-plate etchings allowed the use of mechanical skills, drawing
capabilities, the technical aspects of etching, preparing plates, using grounds and resists to texture the
intaglio etchings and the intricacies of ink conditioning, mixing, wiping and printing of the plates. These
skills fascinated and engaged me on multiple levels, printmaking has become a life-long love.
The common thread of my diverse mediums and styles is a deep and abiding respect for the ”artistic
mystery that drives its own creation…… “