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Art has always been a passion of mine. I knew from a very early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life and that I wanted to know as much about art as I could possibly learn. I still strive to learn something new every day. It takes practice and patience to be a full time artist and I am finally able to devote one hundred percent of my professional life to my studio work.
After many years working in and around art, making a living as an advertising designer, art teacher, art consultant, photographic artisan and many other niches, I finally opened my art studio to the dedication of purely fine art. I am a trained artist, receiving a BFA and a MFA in the seventies and eighties, respectively. I loved the years I put forth to formal art training. It is invigorating to be around people with that same passion.
As for my passion, I love oil painting. I love animals and flowers and nature itself. I believe that I was given a talent by God to share His beauty about the world through the use of paint and canvas. I try to relate the love of nature and His Blessings through my art. I hope that the collectors of my work can be touched in some way to “Stop and Smell the Roses” for a moment and reflect on the joy and beauty that has been given to us each day.
I live in a very beautiful state, working and living on the shores of a lake surrounded by huge tall pine trees and stately southern live oaks. Nature is bountiful. Foxes play and romp across my front lawn. Squirrels and birds hop from one feeder to the next. Wildflowers and flowering trees such as redbuds and dogwood are a blanket of beauty through undergrowth among the trees. It is truly a blessing that I have been given this time to work in my art studio and be surrounded with this serenity. I hope that the passion I have for art and the passion I have to share natures beauty is reflected in my work.
Awards and Accomplishments:
Illustrator of the Year 1974 Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
Artist of the Year 1996 Ruston Peach Festival, Ruston, Louisiana
Patrons Honorable Mention, Louisiana Heritage Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana 1988
First Place Winner, National Serigraphers of America 1987
Cover Artist Winner, Benton Tennessee Walking Horse and Plantation Association
EBSQ Patrons Awards 2005, 2006, 2007
EBSQ Members Awards 2005, 2006. 2007
I welcome all new collectors to my Gallery Showcase paintings Collector’s Club. And I want to thank all of you who are collecting my work at present. I truly appreciate your investment and hope to see you return for more.