“Me and Dynamite Slim, Fifty Years Back”, 9×12″, graphite on drawing paper, 2018
Seas ’n Trees, that pretty much sums up where and how I’ve lived my Life, and where my interests lie. Ever since I was old enough to be out on my own for a few hours, odds were I would be out in the Woods and Waters.
My career was as a Bonsai Artist and Nurseryman, nurturing and learning as much as I could about Trees and the Ecosystems that sustain them. And when I wasn’t working, I was often Fishing or enjoying other Watersports like Boating, Sailing, Swimming, Surfing, and Scuba Diving, but mostly, Fishin’. I dabbled in a few other Arts, as well, like Scrimshaw, and Fly Tying, but somehow evaded learning how to Draw or Paint properly.
My interest in Painting dawned last year (2017) and I pursued it passionately. To Paint, you must have Drawing skills, so I have spent most of the last year developing my techniques. I have found that Painting has woven itself into the many loose strings of my Life and has provided an interesting new Trail to follow into my Sunset Years. I hope you enjoy my efforts.
Currently, I am an Invitational Artist and participate in many of the monthly exhibitions at the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach.
self portrait, 2017
black and white charcoal on 11×14″ tan toned paper