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Art has always been a passion of mine. Even from an early age growing up in Columbus, Ohio, I always gravitated toward art classes as a form of self and creative expression. Though my career landed me in the technology field, art remains a driving force in my life. Whether it’s a photo, nature, or an image I see while driving, I constantly seek to create.
Living in Mt. Gilead allows me to gather inspiration from the surrounding areas of Ohio along with the several acres that I live on. I work in oil for its complexity, boldness and richness. I find with the vast array of solvents I am able to mold the oil paint into creations of movement with a conjunction of abstraction. The movement in each piece enables me to create some paintings that are soft and light, and others that are bold and dynamic. Often times my pieces are derived from nature or natural events that are meant to evoke thought and emotion through the movement and color of each piece.
Some of my techniques include using a multitude of solvents with either the palette knife or catalyst wedge. Most recently I have been layering oil paint over acrylic crackle paste. This not only gives the piece a bit more depth and texture, but it really allows the movement to flow through and around the cracks. I have also expanded my use of surfaces from canvas to wood panel which gives some of my pieces a more natural look and feel.