The purpose of my artwork is to create images that are beautiful and historical. My focus is to display Christian, family values and reveal the truth by reflecting historical facts. I enjoy the play of light and color in nature and it shows in my paintings. I have relished drawing and painting people since my grade school days.
I have chosen western art because of the influence of my grandfather. He was a cowboy, horse trainer and rancher in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was married to my grandmother, who was half-Cherokee and half-African American. I remember, when I was a little boy, riding horses and traveling to see my grandfather in rodeos in Oklahoma and Arkansas; it was an awesome experience.
Currently, I am researching the history of Native American and African American relationships in the old west. My goal is to have my paintings auctioned successfully at the Coeur d' Alene in Reno, Nevada.
I work in oil paint for several different reasons; I am familiar with this medium and it is very flexible to use. I do not want my lack of mastery "of my tools of choice” to hinder my artistic or historical message. What I want to say as an artist takes priority over attempting to master a wide variety of media. I want to challenge myself to work more efficiently by reading articles and blogs about different techniques in oil painting and attending workshops.