Date(s) - 02/18/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gulf Coast Arts Alliance
I was born and raised in Gadsden Al. and lived and worked there my whole life. My dad was an artist and taught me how to draw and paint at an early age. I did take a couple of years of art at the local junior college but didn’t see a real future in it at the time so I got a real paying job at the local steel mill. During that time I always maintained my art business as a second job.
I was a member of the Dobbin Gallery at Kiawah Is and Charleston, The Gale Gallery in New Orleans, the Renaissance Gallery In Tuscaloosa, and more recently in the Blue Phrog Gallery in Montevallo, the Fairhope Artist Gallery and the Gulf Coast Art Alliance Gallery.
After retirement my wife and I recently moved to Gulf Shores where I will continue my art career. I plan to participate in community art programs, local galleries and as many plein air events as possible. One if my goals is to develop more interest in plein air painting, spread the word and develop a local plein air group. I began a strong interest in plein air painting in 2006 and that enthusiasm is even stronger today. I’ve done extensive travel in my plein air adventure, painting from as far away as the Eklutna Glazier Alaska, Pt Clyde Maine to all parts of the south and up and down the East Coast. I have just completed a week long plein air trip to Pt Clyde Maine at the “Nanatuck” with some of the top plein air artist in the country. I do teach a few plein air and studio workshops every year as well as teaching a few private one on one classes.
I have a deep appreciation for “old stuff”, I love the history, texture and patina of “old stuff” so therefore I am a strong proponent of preserving the “old stuff” through my work as an artist. I believe every painting should tell a story, a story told with few words but with visual representation and emotion. My work is most likely categorized as representational impressionism.
My current project is to reveal the hard work, hardships and history of the local shrimp industry through my work