I was twelve years old when I began training under professional artist and illustrator Marit Guild, learning the foundations of classical, representational art. Marit recommended that I continue my education at her Alma Mater, Pensacola Christian College, under the tutelage of Society of Illustrators member Mr. Brian Jekel—which is exactly what I did, graduating summa cum laude with my Bachelor of Science degree in visual arts with a concentration in commercial art. I've worked as a studio artist since that time, and my association memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. I am currently represented by Cutter and Cutter Fine Art Galleries in St. Augustine, FL, and have paintings in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
I sincerely, absolutely love and worship my creator and savior Jesus Christ. Without Him, I would not have the ability of cognizant thought, much less be able to lift brush to canvas. I owe Him everything; He gives my life purpose. In Jesus Christ alone there is hope, joy, forgiveness, justice, and truth. If you are living in confusion, despair, shame, or bitterness, I urge you to turn to Jesus. Surrendering to Him, serving Him, and accepting the overwhelming mercy He continually provides is the only lifestyle that makes being worthwhile.
As an artist, I want my art not only to be masterful in technique, but also to engage the viewer’s mind. My artistic influences include great past American, Russian, and European masters including John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, William Bouguereau, and Ilya Repin, as well as contemporary masters such as Christopher Blossom, Mian Situ, Scott Christensen, and Daniel Gerhartz. These artists exemplify the union of technique and narrative that I also hope to achieve. As an artist working on the Florida Gulf Coast, I am especially drawn to the maritime landscapes inherent to that geographical area: coastal scenes of the bays, inlets, and beaches, as well as the working boats that come into the Port of Pensacola and nearby marinas. The behemoths of the petroleum industry are rather unique subjects; collectors have responded positively to their massive, complex aesthetic. I also find narrative figurative compositions incredibly compelling, and my forays into the genre have won national awards as well as inspired collectors around the country to add these pieces to their collections.
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