When did you first become interested in art?
I must say I am not sure I have any real interest in art. Creating is not necessarily something I choose to do.! It’s more something that happens to me, like breathing, it’s something I must do.
What style of art do you use most?
99 percent of my art is digital. I have many styles, with abstracts , followed my landscapes being predominate.
Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?
Only in media. I used to do oil/acrylics and water colors on canvas and paper. Now I do them on a computer.
What medium do you use?
I guess I already answered that. I use computers and a variety of programs.
What made you choose that medium?
I chose digital art for a number of reasons. The most important being my day job as a systems analyst and my interest in today’s technology. I find I can be much more expressive with digital art because mistakes are easily undone, and the is no waiting for paint to dry, no brushes or mess to clean up. I gain a sense of freedom and flexibility unknown to me with traditional methods.
Do your ideas come from life or imagination?
Ah yes, ideas….. Well I don’t usually start a work with any notion of what its going to be. I like to say I am an auto painter in the sense that I let my emotions and eyes create what they do.
I call my landscapes “mindscapes” because they take form auto-magically on the screen. Once I see the image forming, I then use my self-taught skill to enhance .
How do you choose your images and colours?
I guess I should refer you to question 6 for the answer. As to colors It’s more of a emotional thing as in what appeals to my current mood.
Do you work in a studio?
I recently moved to a new home where I have a large space in which to be creative.
One section of my studio contains my keyboard/synthesizer work station. In another section I have an easel and drafting table for my traditional methods, (currently the domain of large and scary dust bunnies), and another section is my computer lab with a network server and my primary art computer.
Who is your favourite artist?
I would say Monet and the impressionist and Georgia O’Keeffe
What is your favourite piece of work by yourself?
This is always difficult for me, kind of a Sophie’s choice and it changes. The images included in this interview would all qualify.
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
One hour or less on average. Some take days, some 10 minutes.
How well do you take criticism?
I crave response from the viewer. Criticism, if well thought out and rational, is how any artist learns, so I like it.
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
I wait for the muse to come home.
How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?
Nothing is ever finished. I just force myself to stop and walk away. One of the advantages of digital art is I can always work on a copy later if I must.
Have you had exhibits in galleries?
Well yes and no. Depends on if you consider a temporary exhibit in an art show as a valid yes to this question. I have been exhibited in sidewalk art shows in Ithaca NY, and in Warsaw WI. I was only able to attend the Ithaca show.
I found it educational to observe anonymously as people viewed my art.
Have you any exhibits in galleries planned for the future?
No. I think someone would have to see my work for that to happen
What are you currently working on?
A video presentation of my pieces and a series I am calling ‘Snap Shots from my Vacation on Venus’ .
What are your plans for the future?
One day at a time please. I might not be here tomorrow.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Be true to your feelings and have fun while creating.
What advice would you give new artists?
Be true to your feelings and have fun while creating. I mean it! Have fun. If its work then it won’t work.
Have you done any courses to help you?
What do you do to market your work?
As little as possible. It’s not my thing and I don’t measure success in sales.
Do you use social networking in your day to day life?
Are you available for work (commissions)?
Have you got hobbies?
Too many. I read at least one novel a week and at least one non fiction a month. I garden,
Where are you based?
Temple Texas USofA