HIKING HISTORY

My mother-in-law came into town last week and asked if she could take my kids on a hike. Of course I said yes, but I asked to come along as well. They took us to a trail we have been to several times. Up to the wind caves at Usery Mountain. I wanted to get outside and enjoy the cool weather, but I also wanted to get more reference photos for more paintings. I am always observing my surroundings, and this time was no different. I had my camera out the whole time, and some of my pics even...

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A WAY BACK INTO LOVE

I remember going to an award ceremony where i received two considerable scholarships. I was excited for the evening and enjoyed the speakers, although, I remember only one specific thing from the speech. They told us about how hard it is to get into the art program, "only the cream of the crop are accepted," they said. They went on to flatter us further by saying, "only some of those are given talent award money. 'You are the cream of the cream!'"

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HOW I PAINT

I would love to be able to sit for hours in the desert (on a cool day) painting the landscape, having multiple panels ready for when the light changes, much like the way Monet painted...

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ABSTRACT EXPERIENCES

I love painting in an abstract and non-representational way. I started gravitating toward this style while I was living in Italy, but I still enjoy it because of the emotion I can imbue into my work.

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OIL PAINTING TITLES

I wanted to imply meaning through the titles, but I didn't want it to come off as depressing or weird. I have always loved movies and quoting movies. There's something intimate about quoting movies, you have to have shared an experience to be able to understand it. So I have taken names of characters or actors from movies that express the right idea, mood, or feeling that I want to convey in the work of art... 

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