When I was growing up we often traveled the highway between Dallas and Houston. As you go through the southern stretch there are pine and hardwood forests. As I looked out the car window at these dense, dark walls of trees, I wondered what was beyond the edge, what was within the shadows. As a result, I would think about that when I’m painting certain landscapes. So I often introduced hidden things — things that are not necessarily what we find in nature. Here there may be the suggestion of a story or a mystery. From that I began to invent landscapes, places with living things out the imagination. The mystery of what might be, or what might be in the next moment. From there I branched of into accidental shapes (blots, spatters, drips), and then observing what might be hidden in those shapes — what is called pareidolia.
Nature itself suggests even more than it shows. So I think exploring and discovering the unknown, the possible, the unexpected is its own inspiration.
I work almost entirely in acrylics now. I can work it like oils, but more quickly. Acrylic is very stable and I’ve found I can get very much the same result as with oils.
°BFA The University of Texas at Austin °BPA Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles California °Art Director/Designer/illustrator at several Advertising Agencies in the Dallas, Texas area
°Professor of Art Texas Christian University *Freelance illustrator/design
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