About the artist
A quiet and observant nature developed into an innate artistic ability as soon as I could hold a crayon. With a creative, supportive family and a continued desire to improve, I've sought out my own ways to learn this craft ever since. By the time I graduated high school I was regularly doing commissioned paintings, so instead of going to college, I decided to go straight into being a freelance artist with a day job. My first job at a tool and die shop allowed little bits of spare time to draw while I sat with the plastic molding machines. I brought my colored pencils with me because I could easily pack them back and forth. I would do two jobs at once, sharpening my pencils with box cutters and drawing in every spare moment.
Since then, I've done commissioned work for numerous patrons. My favorites are family portraits that hold a sentimental value for the customer- a boy with his first deer, a family member that's passed on, and of course, the beloved pets.
I've become a published illustrator, working with author Julie Niblett on her children's book, The Talking Stick.
For several years I've been building up a body of work that is personal to me, focused on my loved ones and the natural world in our life along the Appalachian Mountains- from Pennsylvania to Tennessee.
Colored Pencil Drawings
My colored pencil drawings are done with prismacolor premier colored pencils and nupastels thinned with lavender oil to give them a more painterly texture. More often than not, I use only 4 colors- indigo, crimson, spanish orange, and white. The drawings are done on heavy weight paper or illustration board.
The acrylic paintings are done with professional quality paints on a variety of substrates- stretched canvas, gesso board, canvas panels, wood, etc.
All prints are fine art giclée archival quality.