My interest in painting began in my youth while living and traveling in Europe. The paintings that engaged me the most were especially those that would allow me to believe that I was standing were the artist stood and I was the artist painting the subject or scene. I started drawing and painting in high school. Following, which, I decided I would major in Fine Art in college with an emphasis in oil painting.
My paintings are an ongoing application of realistic techniques observed from old and current masters and an evolution of my own abilities. To me, an effective painting is simply largely achieving a visual stimulating composition, which is also inspiring. In the straightforwardness of my paintings, I hope to achieve these qualities. Furthermore, the objective is also to create an insight to those moments in life that uplifts the observer. We all need more of these 'uplifting' moments. We need the arts to remind us how good life can be.
For me working through the whole process of a painting brings much contentment, yet with each new painting there are still new challenges, as I like to set the bar high for myself, so that each painting is a stretch. Served a Temple Art Mission assisting in the production and painting of LDS temple murals under the direction of Linda Curly Christiansen.