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My Artistic Journey

This page was created sometime in December of 2001 as a place where I could share my artwork. I have been drawing or doing some sort of artwork off and on since as far back as I can remember. I think my earliest memories of creating something artistic was doing a project in second or third grade that I made a 3-D sculpture completely out of paper hearts that looked like a flower in bloom attached to a stem with leaves for Valentine’s Day or something. I think I gave it to my mom.

I like to call myself an 'Artist of no fixed medium'. The artwork I create reflects this and includes just about anything I can get my hands on.

Though I had dabbled here and there, I really hadn’t taken up artwork as a serious hobbie untill the late 1990’s. I think I was inspired by my niece’s drawings. So I started drawing again. It’s amazing how much I forgot from the high school art class I took and how much came back with time. At first I was sort of floundering around searching for a style I felt comfortable with. My inner muse had all these ideas, but not an effective way to get them out of my head. 

A lot of my earlier works consisted of mostly drawings in the Anime style. I strived for stylized, yet somewhat realistic drawings not a “Cutesy” look. Most of these works were done in colored pencils and Crayola. I pretty much had no clue what I was doing, but was enjoying creating my art. I learned through trial and error, and various on-line tutorials.

Inspired by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s beautiful work with water colors, back in the early to mid 2000’s (I don’t remember exactly) I decided to start to paint again. More online tutorials and a couple of TV shows on PBS that my mom told me about helped me along my path. In 2005 I went back to school and took a few classes (Basic Design, Drawing 1, and Photography 1). They really didn’t offer much in the watercolor medium at my local community college, so due to that and the fact that my job cut my hours drastically because of my school schedule (got to pay the bills) I decided to learn on my own once more. Unfortunately during the early 2010’s my free time for art became extremely limited and I pretty much took an artistic break. I read several art books during that time did a few pieces here and there when I could.

The Artist at work.

As time passed my style became a bit more realistic, though not exactly any particular style that I know of. The subject matter of my artwork varies vastly and mostly depends on what mood I'm in or whatever is interesting to me at that moment. More recently I’ve become more comfortable with what I do but I am always striving for something better so it continuously changes with time.

Now I’ve decided that I’m going to make it a point to do more art. This is the creative path that excites my mind, brings peace to my soul, and makes me look forward to the future. So I invite you to join me on my artistic journey as I continue to learn and grow as an artist.