I'm a painter from Jonesville, North Carolina, and I’ve loved to draw for as long as I can remember. I was inspired to pursue art as a living after receiving the book The Art of Star Wars, Episode II - Attack of the Clones as a gift.
For years I studied art by working digitally. This allowed me to do hundreds of full-color studies (pixels being very cheap) and experiment with different concepts and techniques that I gleaned from books and demos.
A turning point for me was when I saw my first John Singer Sargent painting in person. It was a powerful experience and solidified my resolve to learn to paint with oil and watercolor. My goal was — and still is — to create work that makes others feel the way I felt looking at that painting.
2016 "First Place" Toe River Arts Council 10th Annual Plein Air Paint Out, Burnsville, NC
2016 "Second Place" Be here en Plein Air Painting Festival and Competition, Beaufort, NC
2015 "Second Place" Paint Out Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
2015 "First Place" Boone Community Network's Plein Aire Painting Competition, Boone, NC
2015 "First Place" NC Open Plein Air Paint Out, Salisbury, NC
2015 "First Place" Be Here en Plein Air Painting Festival and Competition, Beaufort, NC