What gives you inspiration or motivates you to create art?
I enjoy putting together new combinations of color palettes and scale.
Tell us about your first art show or first painting you sold.
First art show was at the Deposit Guaranty Bank Plaza in Jackson, Mississippi. In which I got a front page story in the Arts & Leisure section in the Sunday paper. I was a newly wed living on a houseboat living at Main Harbour on the Ross Barnett Reservoir painting watercolors on the floor, and I sold one to my neighbor in the next boat for $165.00, which began a 35 year long friendship.
How does working in Mississippi impact your art?
Much of my inspiration has come from Mississippi. The rich history of music and sports. The Gulf Coast, Pineywoods, The Delta, The Foothills and Yoknapatawpha make up my landscape palette.
Who is your art role model, mentor and/or art teacher?
I would say art role models are Norman Rockwell and Leroy Neiman, but in high school Mississippi artists William Dunlap came to do a show and tell in our art class, and I said, “I want to be that guy”.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Be yourself, paint what you want in your style and don’t worry about what’s hot or not. There’s a segment of the population that’s just like you and when you get connected by way of exhibit or internet you will find your success.
What music do you listen to while painting or creating?
Talk Radio, Classic Rock & Mixed Tapes
How do you describe your work/style? What themes do you pursue?
Because of teaching and having to create hundreds of lesson plans. I have an arsenal techniques to use for inspiration. Themes range from sports, automotive, landscapes, portraits, abstracts and nostalgia.
What do you hope others see in your work?
The joy and excitement I have when I create the painting.
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
“Footsteps” a portrait of my two boys walking down the Pearl River.
Favorite or most inspirational place.
The Rocks on the Pearl, Rodney and Owen’s Falls.
What’s on your walls?
Mostly other Mississippi Artist
What do you love most about being an artist?
If you could purchase one work of art, what would you select?
A large LEROY NEIMAN original.
Do you have a particular memory with a customer/collector that stands out?
I have had two people over time that paid extra for original to ensure no copies would be made. The quote was “I don’t want to see a copy of my painting at my neighbors house”.