Praise God for the gift of painting. When I paint, I am drawn into my own world, just me and the canvas. The moment I began oil painting as a teenager, I was smitten and my love for painting continues to grow."
I do not create art pieces to sell. I create them because I can and because I love doing it. Many people have said to me, "That piece speaks to me in a particular way. I would love to have this in my home". When they say that, I am happy to sell it because I know they will take from it all the joy and care I have put into it, that they will share it with their friends and family, and that something I have accomplished will live on for ages to come.
Every portrait is approached with the utmost respect and reverence not only for the people involved, but also for the artwork that is meant to endure to future generations. Every portrait I produce is pursued with the goal of the resultant work being the very best I can produce.
~ Beauty, like truth, exists. And we, as human beings, have an almost divine capacity to recognize it. Art, for me, is an expression in paint of what my heart feels when my eyes are opened to the vast and amazing splendor of creation. In spite of the myriad struggles and changes on the path of a career artist, this one unchanging fact remains: I paint because if I didn't, my heart might explode. When a kindred spirit is touched while viewing my painting and feels that same infilling, that same indescribable longing and appreciation for our marvelous world, I consider that work a success.