How would you describe your style?
I like to describe my style as a mixture of representational art, abstract art, and a little bit of impressionism. Sometimes it leans more toward one of those styles and other times it’s the balance of each. I place an emphasis on composition, brushwork, and my color palette. I slant toward cool tones when constructing a painting because I want my work to have a calming effect on people.
When did you start painting?
As a child, I loved to draw in pencil, pen, and ink. Painting came later, into adulthood. In 2015, while teaching art, I began painting more frequently and started to develop my own artistic style. I became a full-time artist in December of 2019.
Tell us about your creative process.
My process starts by establishing an initial composition, laying down some loose lines and shapes. From there, things slowly develop. Sometimes I work from photos I’ve taken and other times I freely create a scene from memory or imagination. I focus on layering color and value to build depth in each piece. Things don't always happen the same way, though. There can be a lot of push and pull sometimes. I tend to avoid too much detail in my paintings because I want to allow room for people to make their own decisions on what they see. Each painting is unique, for sure.
Can you walk us through your studio?
My studio is in Nashville in a building with lots of creative people. It’s nice to be surrounded by other artists. As for my actual space, I have a fantastic studio room with a high ceiling and lots of natural light pouring in. I like to keep completed works up on the walls for reference and motivation. I love music, so I always have something playing to help set the mood.