I grew up in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature. That connection is still with me. I am inspired by combinations of resilience and beauty in nature and in people, and I aim to engage the viewer in a longer, closer look to see these in my subjects. I often see details in the world around me that other people don't notice unless the details are in an artwork. So by including these details in my art, I encourage the viewer to notice and appreciate them in the real world as well. I work primarily in graphite and colored pencil because they offer the degree of control I require to pull the viewer in closer for those details.
Although my techniques aim for a high degree of realism, the artwork is never a mere copy of my reference photos. I take liberties to emphasize what I want the viewer to focus on, and de-emphasize or omit other areas.
An Art Blogger's Perspective
Jan Looper is a professional art blogger who publishes The Art Scene in Silicon Valley. In April 2013 she profiled me and my work on her blog. Here is a link to it, an independent perspective on my work and philosophy.