A native of Austin Texas, I've taken art classes in high school, Austin Community Collage (ACC), The University of Texas at Austin (UT), Laguna Gloria Art School and now The Austin Museum of Art (AMoA). I'll always take classes to learn new techniques and meet new artists and instructors. Several of my instructors have been Mrs Reynolds in high school, Sylvia Orozsco at ACC (now Executive Director at Mexic Arte); Sydney Yeager, Andrew Long and Phil Wade of AMoA.
When I was growing up my parents always took us to church. We would attend church on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings. During the summers, they would send us to Vacation Bible School and we would visit other Churches. The teachers and stories had a big influence on me. As a grown up, I attended small and large churches. The pastor at Great Hills Baptist Church had wonderful stories from the Bible and related them to our daily lives - that is when I started to put art and religion together.
I wondered what it would be like to live as a common person when Jesus walked the world. I want to capture the time between the birth and death of Jesus. I want to paint the common people and what they must have felt when the saw and heard Jesus speak.
Today I paint on canvas, canvas board, wood board, wood blocks, slate tile and now glass. I want to explore other materials. My subjects are shepherds, angels, maidens, and landscapes. As I grow as an artist, I'll combine all these subjects in paintings of stories and scriptures from the Bible. My art can be described as a contemporary impressionism style. I plan to move to a more abstract style (but not to the extreme of two eyes on one side of the face).