I consider myself a contemporary realist.
I work with freehand airbrush and graphite for the photographic “soft edge” quality of the media.
My paintings are done in a traditional manner (no photographic process, although I do use photos as references) in that I draw the image in pencil, then paint with fluid acrylics through an airbrush. I usually start in gray, then colorize with “glazes”.
Drawing is also done in a traditional manner using pencil and charcoal pencils. (Sometimes with colored pencils, pastels or pen & ink).
Most of my work is done on illustration board.
My subjects include people and sometimes animals in south Louisiana. I like people in costume: masqueraders of Mardi Gras, Celtic and Laotian cultural dancers, and Native Americans in powwow regalia.
Following a family “law enforcement” tradition, I retired from public service in 2003 with over twenty-five years with the Baton Rouge and New Iberia, Louisiana police departments (hence, the police and S.W.A.T. art).
I also served with the 20th Special Forces (Airborne) Louisiana and Mississippi Nat’l Guards from 1969 to 1981.
Since my retirement, in 2003, (and as of 12 Sep2016) I have been accepted into 364
regional, national, and international juried art shows and have received 184 awards in those exhibitions. These awards include thirteen Best of Show and sixteen First Place Awards.
I received my art education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1975, and from Louisiana State University with a Masters of Fine Arts in 1977.