After getting a degree in Commercial Art & Advertising my first job was designing outdoor bulletins for Lamar Outdoor. I left there on whim to do caricatures at Six Flags and Bush Gardens but after a season, returned to Outdoor. This time trying my hand at painting the huge pictorials. This lead me on a 15 year quest to master the art of Photorealism. I painted the billboards and even illustrated buses for about 25 years always doing a few paintings on canvas every year with my goal always being to pursue fine art.
On my 50th birthday I realized that time was slipping away and after talking with my wife Karen decided to focus more on paintings. I had no idea what I would paint! Karen had a background in children’s photography and helped me set up and light the still life’s that I use for reference in my paintings. I loved the dramatic lighting and used comic books and snacks…..a lot of them being the products that I had painted all those years. I really enjoyed this and painted my products as they really were (I love painting the crumbles) and bags maybe wrinkled and upside down. I considered it almost anti-advertising. The hand lettering skills that I acquired doing the signs really helps me in painting products and even reproducing newspaper lettering! I also discovered that I have a slight obsession with the car token in the Monopoly game and have painted it in different styles and positions numerous times. I attribute this to while playing the game as children my older brother Eddie always got to be the coveted car and I usually was stuck with a lame piece like the thimble or baby shoe. I realized my obsession after selling my first Monopoly painting (the Car) at an art show. I felt a feeling of loss after selling it and tried to buy it back from the collector but he said, “sorry but No” and have been painting that car ever since.
I also love and paint scenes from movies….film noir….westerns…the Big Lebowski?!
Most recently I have really enjoyed arranging compositions using objects/comics sent to me that have special meaning to other people. This is so much fun! If you have an idea for a painting, don’t hesitate to reach out using my contact page.