I retired from a career in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 and took up painting, a passion of mine since I was a child. I moved to New York City to train in the techniques of the masters of representational drawing and painting.
New York uniquely provided access to many opportunities to view and obtain concentrated instruction in the creation of fine art. I was and continue to be inspired by the artistic environment in New York where the recent resurgence in the creation of realistic art by contemporary masters is thriving. Many schools, ateliers and studios of artists who paint, sculpt and instruct in the realistic styles of the European and American masters of the 18th and 19th centuries have been established. The realization that concentrated study was going to be necessary to get me to the next level of artistic excellence led me to New York and to a studio where I could work full time in the study and practice of realistic painting.
I had the unique opportunity to obtain this level of instruction at the studio of master artist and instructor Joshua LaRock (www.joshualarock.com). Joshua is my son and his studio at the time was located on East 23rd street in the heart of the “Flat Iron District” of New York City. In addition to the blessing of receiving artistic instruction and working alongside my son for three years, I received incredible exposure and training in classical methods.
In January 2016 I returned to The Woodlands, Texas to continue to study and work full time; creating oil paintings in the realistic and classical style of contemporary masters and other masters from the 18th and 19th centuries. I endeavor to produce art that tells a story in a timeless manner and compels the viewer to consider the beauty, truth and goodness in people and the world in which we live.