Like most folks, I spent a lot of time as a kid drawing all over anything with anything that left a mark. As a teen, there was the Governor's Magnet School for the Arts. Getting older there were outdoor art shows/festivals, among them Stockley Gardens, Gosport, Artisans in the Park, the Boardwalk Art Show, and the Ocean View Art Show. There have been several galleries, including the Charles Kello Gallery and the Artisans Loft. As to awards etc, I have garnered ribbons, honorables, a surprise radio spot, placed, and also scored best in show. Like many artists I have been drawing for as far back as I can remember, with bitty horses on the inside liner pages of my books becoming herons almost as tall as me, currently... I have a bone deep, squishy love for mythology and folklore, these are perhaps my heaviest influences and it's a rare piece that doesn't hearken back to some old tale I've read. While drawing is my first love the advent of the masks were the logical next step for the things I want to portray, since I generally like my subjects to look back at the viewer. For the most part I am a mixed media artist whose style swings from realistic to suggestive, though always recognizable. I love straightforward and clear imagery, pieces that can explain themselves right from the wall, or from a face, if that piece is a mask. I feel strongly that there is room and need today for the things our ancestors knew.
The masks are mixed media to the tenth power, my inspiration for them is the same as with my painting, heritage, folklore, and gravitas...
...and also the natural world, which holds the most sway over my work.
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