Who Am I?
I have been in the creative field, in some regard or another, for the better part of 20 years. I am by no means a professional but it is something I enjoy doing. Art has always been a love of mine, but I have also engaged in music (guitar and mandolin being my favorites) as well as writing (poems, fiction, allegory and short stories). The process of creating is a wonderful thing, often times more so than the finished product. Even though family and work has pulled my attention away from doing as much as I would like the digital medium I have used for the last several years has allowed more freedom and access to the tools I need to to create. I hope you enjoy my drawings, photography and paintings, and if you find them to be rudimentary and lacking talent just know that I enjoyed making them and I'm sure that someone else will enjoy looking at them.
When I am not creating, encouraging my two sons and spending time with my wife, I can be found at our local community college teaching students how to repair, diagnose and understand mechanical systems that keep you comfortable and control factories that create the products you use on a daily basis.
About digital painting.
I use a software called Artrage to do almost all of my work. Being able to open up the software on a moment’s notice and begin laying down brush strokes without the need to get out an easel, paints and canvas has allowed me to create more often than I would be able to using a traditional medium. Because of this I feel I owe technology, and the creators of such programs a debt of gratitude for bringing back a peace that has been missing from my life. The digital medium helps me to get right into the parts of the creative process I love the most, without the mess and the hassle that comes along with it. A more traditional artist might consider this cheating, and to them I applaud their devotion to the art and their free time that I cannot seem to find.
Although I enjoy painting landscapes the most this doesn’t deter me from enjoying many different subjects, styles and artists. Anything done well or uniquely is of great interest to me, and satisfies a place in my mind that makes life just a little better.
I began playing guitar about 14 years ago, in that time my abilities have grown in the methods of acoustic rhythm with a big band and folk style. There are few things as peaceful as an acoustic guitar either being played or listened to. My influences as a 90's teen clearly show through with bands like; Cake, The Offspring, Sublime, Rage Against the Machine and others, but more notably in recent years, musicians such as Dave Matthews, Johnny Cash, Mumford and sons, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, Damian Jurado and Pedro the Lion seem to influence the style of music I enjoy to play more. Just like with my art, I can appreciate a wide variety of music, both from the musicians’ side as well as the consumer.
You may eventually find music on this site, or you may not. Either way it is something I enjoy to do as well as to share with those around me.
A moment frozen in time that no one will ever experience again.
Over the years I have taken a lot of pictures and owned several cameras, even some 35mm film cameras. Which at the time became expensive for my budget to develop. Currently I use a Nikon D3300 and numerous lenses to take photos. Some of the topics I enjoy are; architecture, landscapes, and macro. I rarely take photos of people, but occasionally I will do a little street photography. Much of the photography I keep and publish can be found on my Viewbug website.