I want to be slightly abstracted. If it is "too" clean, my eye gets bored. If it is "too" abstract, it just appears to be thoughtless. There is that point in between that shows "deliberateness" that is purposeful.
There is an up close and personal understanding of a painting that can only be accomplished by seeing it in person. Thumbnail photos are untrustworthy. It is funny how my opinions of art changes as I approach the painting 6 inches away from my face. I can actually see the execution of the brush strokes, and feel the artist's effort in a small space. That up-close moment with "the brushstrokes" describes the sincerity of the artist.
I paint with pallet knife and brushes, using oil paint. Each painting takes around 1-2 months, not working the entire time, but back and forth with drying intervals. I am not an artist that knocks out paintings on schedule. I am in in for the long haul and have the courage to "set paintings aside" because they just didn't work out. I'm not going to force it. Wash, rinse, repeat. I will only release paintings I feel hit the mark.
La Quinta Arts Festival, CA
Kimball Park City, UT
Bellevue Arts Museum, WA
Salem Arts Festival, OR
Crested Butte, CO
Mill Valley, CA
Vail Arts Festival, CO
Napa Valley Art and Wine Festival, CA
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, CA
Edmonds Art Festival, WA
Pearl St. Boulder, CO
Jackson Hole, WY
Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts
Utah Arts Festival
Awarded "Best of Category" for Painting
La Quinta Arts Festival - 2018