According to my mom Ive drawn horses since I could hold a pencil. I would trace
them and draw them on anything that a pen, pencil, crayon or brush could make a mark
The artists who most influenced my life and style are
Sam Savitt (1916-2000)
and the drawings of C.W. Anderson in his illustrated books. Sam was a
stickler about anatomy and I was fascinated by the soft tonal values in C.W.
Anderson's graphite drawings. Sadly, both artists are now deceased.
However, I was very lucky in 1998 to be able to attend a one-week workshop with
Sam Savitt in Ocala, Florida at the Appleton Museum of Art. In that
workshop I learned skills and techniques that I still apply today. I was
very happy to finally meet, speak to and learn from the artist I had tried to
emulate since my childhood.
always took whatever art classes were offered to me in junior high and high school. The
high school class was interesting because at first my art teacher told me about half way
through the first semester that I should, perhaps, change electives! But I stuck it out
anyway and by the end of my first year (there were only three years in high school
back then) she was asking me to enroll in the advanced art class.
I learned a lot in those classes, but not as much as I learned
when I was accepted as a Fellowship Student at the Crealde School of Art in
Winter Park, Florida. As a Fellow I
was required to be available for work (up to 32 hours per week), but in exchange I
received free classes in any of the departments of which there are three
(Painting/Drawing, Photography, Ceramics/Sculpture).
However, like all good things, they must come to an end. It
was a personal choice and I felt it was time to move on and do some work on my own. The
results of those years at Crealde can be seen in my Life
Drawings. The pages began as a showing of
my most recent work only but as I began digging up old drawings and paintings (finished
and unfinished) it began to turn into more of a retrospective; past through present.
As I work towards my Bachelors and a second AA in Graphic Design
I will post most of my assignments on my site. An excellent example is
shown on my homepage of an assignment for a Drawing II class with Dennis
Schmalstig at Valencia Community College ("Welcome To My Microcosm").
I am also very happy that the worlds of art and graphics are
coming together and I can combine my talent with art with my skill on computers.
At this time I am lucky to have a paying full-time job where I can use both of
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please email
me if you have any questions (or answers :-)