People ask me how long I've been drawing and painting,
and pretty much it's been ever since I can remember.
With the occasional youthful distraction of Barbie dolls,
sunny days and, later on, school and tennis matches,
my artwork has been my constant.
I graduated from the
University of Tennessee in 1990 with a degree in fine
arts and hit the job market as
a graphic designer. Soon after I started, however,
I found myself doing the fine detailed work of a technical
illustrator. This was a bit odd, since my degree was
in graphic design, but it became apparent that my greatest
strength was in illustration. Over the years, my portfolio
of work contained fewer and fewer graphic design projects
and more and more illustration.
Today, I do a mix of
illustration, fine art pet and people portraits and
what I would call my own style
from the natural world. My art is quite varied, but
at its heart you can see I am fascinated with the
detail of things—like finding the exact color of a shadow
on the snow or trying to capture downy feathers blowing
in the wind. I work mostly in watercolor or pen & ink,
but I'm looking forward to doing more studied drawings
in graphite as well as working with acrylics.