Friday, February 27, 2009

11x14 Acrylic on traditional stretch canvas. #1 in a series of 12 jazz/Picasso inspired paintings. This one was the first and now hangs in my Mother's house...
11x14 Acrylic on traditional stretched canvas. The Sad sax player was #4 in a series of 12 jazz/Picasso inspired paintings. The eyes look sad, as if playing true blues music. My favorite of the series.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wine Bottle with Peppers

11x16 acrylic on stretched canvas. Unframed. Drinking a little wine while painting...and spicy food for dinner. This combo for the evening makes for great creativity!

BB King #1

48x36 Acrylic on 1/2 inch press board. Unframed. Another favorite BB King painting using only white paint on a black board. Using a reference photo, I chose to paint only the highlights. I loved the expression in his face and the stance of the photograph....not your typical straight-on photograph.

BB King #2

24x48 acrylic on hardi board. Unframed. I've been a life long fan of both jazz and blues music. In fact, it is what I usually paint to most of the time. I can get lost in hours of blues music and complete a painting from start to finish. This is of course BB King. I used a reference photo and only painted with white paint onto a thin black board, and I chose to paint only the highlights from the photograph. Several more in this series are to follow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cello Redhead

20x24 acrylic on stretched canvas, unframed. Completed in the summer of 2008.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm supposed to write an "Artist Statement" to describe myself as an artist, but I stink as a writer. My wife was a English major in college, so maybe this is a task better left to one more gifted with words and spelling. I can draw and paint better than I can tell you about my art. Basically, I've been drawing and painting since early childhood. Some of my most vivid memories are drawing for the praises of my preschool teacher. I use to draw her portraits using all black crayons, thus causing her to believe I was a depressed child, although gifted in art. In second and third grades, I had a private art teacher whom I visited every week and completed many large paintings, one of which is framed and still hangs in my parents bedroom. After moving back to Birmingham from Decatur, I tried a few more private art teachers, but didn't find "the one", so I never took any art lessons from then on. I've continued to draw and paint ever since. Throughout the 1990's, I sold over 300 pen and ink portraits. I spent the entire 1990's without touching a paint brush and focused mainly on pen and ink skills. At the beginning of 2000, I started painting again and haven't stopped since. The number of completed paintings is unknown, due to a failed marriage and the destruction of numerous canvases.....many of which were never shown to anyone. I kept them for myself only. My own art therapy, I guess. Currently I am remarried to an incredible, supportive art loving wife, and the paintings are continuing faster than ever. 2008 was the first year I've publicly shown my paintings in various art shows around the southeast. I displayed about 20 paintings at 5 different shows and had great success. I won second place in the Montevallo Arts Council show and another second place at The Scottsboro 3 Arts Club show. Now I've even ventured in pottery and some glass melting.......
Who knows where this will take me.......