Sunday, July 26, 2015

Every Artist Has a Story

Every artist has a story describing their journey on becoming an artist, mine spans sixty years, and includes a few art lessons, and a second place ribbon in an art show.
 I was born with artistic ability and an imbedded need to periodically express it. God given talent is a blessing and a curse, for the recipient often takes their ability for granted, and under states the quality of their work. I arrived at this conclusion after reviewing some of the art I produced over the years.
My artistic creativity came in spurts, often years separated my sudden desire to produce works of art, which prompted me to explore different mediums; pencil, charcoal, pastels, water color, acrylics, pen & ink and finally oils.
The cycle was severed in 2010 when I decided to take lessons from Frank Pierce, owner of “Eye Candy Gallery” in Southern Pines, North Carolina. His style spoke to me so I signed up for six lessons. By the sixth lesson I had learned the technical skills necessary to develop my own style, but there was more. The talent I kept locked away was released, and along with it a way to reduce my symptoms of Parkinson’s.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005 but with medication I was able to control the symptoms and continued to work as a technical writer for four years. By 2009 the stresses at work exacerbated my symptoms, making it impossible for me to function. By July I stopped working and filed for Social Security disability.
By the end of my art lessons I had developed a regiment of painting every day. I soon discovered that painting improved my ability to focus and it brought a peacefulness that encompassed my soul and reduced several of my symptoms.

Believing I had reached a level of painting that is marketable, I searched the Internet for art galleries that may be interested in displaying my work. I happened upon the Art Design Consultant’s website and read their pitch for artist to submit images of their work, as well as their website. I decided to take a risk and stick my neck out in order to determine what art professionals thought of my work. I was pleasantly surprised by the positive response I received and decided to add my name to their list of artist.
I find it interesting that most of my life I searched for business I could call my own and after several failures, the answer was under my nose.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The West Coast

Roots twist around trunks, they bury their roots into the earth to defy the wind. 24x36 oil on canvas $ 625.

Old Barn

Painted this old barn in black in white

24x30 oil on canvas $ 325  SOLD

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sea Grass and Shells

Walking on a beach near St Augustine at low tide, I happened upon clumps of sea grass along with various sea shells. The composition was interesting so I took a picture which resulted in this painting.

Oil on a 24x30 canvas $375 + shipping without frame  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sea Grapes

Oil on  24x30 canvas   $370 + shipping

The sea grape bush is common to Florida. Its leaves are large and leathery and could be used as a fan. In early summer green fruit hangs from the branches, which are similar in appearance to regular grapes. My neighbor has one in his yard, which I found interesting and studied it in order to paint a life like representation.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunset Over The Savannah

The sunlight filtering through the dark clouds washed the Savannah foliage yellow, while turning the stream into road of gold. I used an 18x24 canvas to present mother natures gift.

$335 unframed plus shipping