Bolivar, MO 65613
ARTIST STATEMENT I love to problem solve in 2 dimensions, and the visual elements involved with painting/drawing allow me to be in complete control in discovering multiple ways I can express myself visually on a two-dimensional surface. The photograph or on-location subject is just a starting point. I take artistic license to transpose trees, change sky color, enlarge or reduce the sizes of objects so that they will fit my aesthetic guidelines. I find that I am attracted to strong diagonals, and in many of my paintings, this directional energy is evident. My approach to all my paintings is to create a compelling composition by using line, value, shape, texture, and color harmony to establish a mood. I look for a strong sense of eye movement through the painting. I strive for a dynamic abstraction that creates interest above and beyond the subject itself. I will use a sketch pad with pencil, a dry marker board, or sketch/paint with a brush. I usually create a painting by first visualizing the steps of the finished vision from end to beginning. Then I create the painting by reversing those steps. GALLERIES/ONLINE GALLERIES Bill's Art Center and Gallery, Camdenton, MO 2012-Current (Sales) http://www.saatchiart.com http://fineartamerica.com Instagram SOME PAST EXHIBITS/AWARDS/EVENTS Walt Disney Plein Air Paintout, Marceline, MO Aug 29, 2015 (Sales) MERIT AWARD, Missouri Valley Impressionists Society 2015 Annual Show, St. Louis, MO May, 2015 Randy Higbee 6-inch Squared, Costa Mesa, CA Dec 2014-Jan 2015 Cherry's Art Emporium/Gallery, Carthage, MO Oct 14-Jan 2015 (sales) and Oct 2015 HON MENTION, Springfield Visual Arts Alliance, Springfield, MO 2003 HON MENTION, Shawnee Mission Plein Air Show/Sale, Shawnee Mission, KS, 2002 BEST OF SHOW, Ozark Pastel Society, Springdale, AR, 2001 SECOND PLACE STILL LIFE, Ozark Pastel Society, Neosho, MO, 1998 THIRD PLACE FIGURES, Ozark Pastel Society, Neosho, MO, 1997 ArtCentral Spring Show, Carthage, MO, 1992-93 Artsfest on Walnut Street, Springfield, MO, 1989-93 MEMBERSHIPS Fine Art Studio Online website from 2014, ongoing. Saatchi (online), 2014, ongoing. Springfield Plein Air, Springfield, MO 2007, ongoing. PRESENTATIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS One-Day workshops and individual classes, 2004 to current. Workshops and classes presented for portrait painting/drawing, pastels, design, watercolor. Springfield Art Museum 8-session pastel class for beginners. EDUCATION SOURCES Joseph Orr, Adam Clague, John Lasater, Matt Smith, John Roush, Billyo O’Donnell. Art Marketing Seminar, International Association of Pastel Societies (lAPS) National Convention, Kansas City, MO, 1997 Art Marketing Workshop, Joplin, MO, 1990 Multiple onsite workshops by above instructors. Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO, 1979, BA for both Art and Psychology. Famous Artists Correspondence Course, 1973. Jon Gnagy Drawing Kit, 1963. FAVORITE ARTISTS/BOOKS/MENTORS Richard Schmid (books and DVDs) - Design, mood, color harmony. John Singer Sargent - Edges, mood, mark-making. Edgar Payne - Color design. Hal Reed - Composition and color videos and books. Bob Rohm - Color, mark-making. John Carlson (book) - Landscape Composition. Nicolaides - The Natural Way to Draw book.