Like most artists, I feel I have been blessed with a gift. A gift that allows me to create work that brings out the many different emotions of those who view it. Many artists are known for one certain style or subject matter. I do understand the reason behind this common practice in the art world. But I feel that this stereotyping of an artist’s creativity limits their potential abilities. I have found it difficult to stay with one style or medium, due to the inspirations to create what drives me. The search to create something different sometimes takes me across the spectrum of styles, medium and subject matters. I believe that bringing a variety of work to the table also opens up more appeal to the variety of collectors in the world. Most of my current work definitely leans towards Realism. My paintings usually convey an image of calmness or wonder. Though each painting has a special meaning for me, I want the viewer to walk away with their own emotions from the work, in this way they also become part of the creative process. My early art concentrated on drawing and painting the human figure. But also in my early portfolio were some very diverse works - including rather bizarre pen and ink illustrations, abstract watercolors, and nude photography. I am constantly exploring new styles and techniques. My latest works are primarily done using soft pastels, with the subject matter being portraits and seascapes. My inspirations do not come from any of the great masters, but from the artists I have studied under during my education. I also have been fortunate to have a mother who also has a BFA from WSU. She was the catalyst for me to pursue my art degree, and is still painting at age 86. Besides my mother, the person who inspired me the most was artist/sculptor Victor "Vic" Moore. He was my art teacher for six years in the Pullman School District. The positive reinforcement and attention that Vic gave his students was unforgettable. Vic Moore had shown his students a true passion for art back then, which I now have today. The following are the WSU art professors who influenced me the most: Richard Thornton, Andrew Hofmeister, Robert Feasley, Robert Sterling, and Francis Ho. To quote one of my WSU professors, Andrew Hofmeister, who grew up on a homestead in Montana - "I have observed this land all my life. I've had my spring. I've had my summer and my autumn. After gathering firewood from the "timber" ridge, insulating the cave with more earth, and stacking feed for the livestock, my parents would say: "We are now well-prepared for winter." And now, I feel I am prepared too." Andrew Hofmeister is now in his 90's. I believe I'm having "my autumn", and hope that winter is only in the distant future! Painting once again has brought about a much needed spiritual awakening to this artist's soul. My only wish is for my art to be viewed, absorbed, pondered and remembered.
Biography: I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts degree from Washington State University in 1976. Member of the Northwest Pastel Society. At this point in my life I have experienced many of the things life has to offer. I've learned to grow from each of life's experiences and emotional highs and lows. Those that are creative can pull from that power - that willingness to learn and feel, and then in turn express and give to others their works of art.
Country: United States
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