Encouraged to draw and paint as a child, I was fascinated with art and, more specifically, the idea of its process from a very early age. Over the years, working as a mural artist, fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and recently as a fine arts photographer and college professor, I have been able to draw upon skills learned in one medium to enhance the others. I approach projects first as a study of the elements or characters that will be portrayed through the work. I am a life-long student of history, particularly Florida history, and much of my work emphasizes historic components. Studying the project, as well as the subject, working on a visual solution, and then executing the final idea are the elements that I incorporate into a work of art. My work, in all mediums, is created with the ultimate objective of telling a story – giving voice to a visual image. Most of the time, the work is a montage of images that carry out a single idea. Commercial and fine art share the common impetus, which is to identify a need – what affects people – and excite and entice the consumer or patron through visual representation. I am particularly drawn to large-scale work because it has the ability to put the viewer into the action or event.
Award winning street booth for showing paintings in area Arts Festivals.
Digital layout for a mural design. I’m not sure how many images I put into the layout of it but I can easily say it was many.
After the layout was created I went back to a photo of the wall and placed it into the image to show what the image would look like if the mural had been painted on to the wall.
Photoshop layout concept of the mural as if it had been painted on to the wall.
Oviedo Mall store window.
Overall illustration for the store front window.
Digital painting attached to the existing window.
Detail image of the digital painting done for the mall window.
Digital montage of four different images on the left to create a collage of images that flow together as one.
Final images put together into one montage.
Another example of montaging three images into one. The jug was is dropped into a sky background with a texture added to the entire composition.
Final images of the jug on a sky background.
Digital image is created with a Wacom tablet
A painting done on a 4’x6′ canvas.
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