The challenge of depicting objects around me as realistic images on paper is what attracted me to art. I like to draw best, because of the directness and precision of the pencil and colored pencil. The subjects I choose--architectural and natural--are those which I find most interesting. Old buildings and old cities are endlessly fascinating for me, and I like to try to capture them in drawings and watercolor. Flowers and leaves, with their great variety of shapes, colors, and textures, are my other interest. Again, I like to draw them, and add color with both colored pencil and watercolor. For my work on gourds, themselves an interesting study in shapes, I sketch the images, then paint directly on the gourds with acrylics. I view my work on gourds as more functional art, as they are designed mostly as birdhouses and containers of various shapes.
Biography: I was born and raised in Kentucky, descended from people with a good eye for line and color. When I was old enough to explore the world on my own, I captured the places I visited on film and began to sketch them as well. A lot of my art education comes from direct observation. I have studied works in museums where I have traveled in Europe, the United States, and Mexico. I have also observed the plants in gardens wherever I have been, including on my own property in rural Wood County, about 35 miles south of Toledo, Ohio. I have also taken numerous classes at the School of Art and Design at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Country: United States of America
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