Three years ago a relative invited us to spend a week in Lech, Austria. Every evening, our hostess attended a mass at a small church close to the hotel and we would join her to give thanks for a wonderful day. The church had amazing stained glass windows and because the mass was in the evening, the light coming through the windows would change dramatically as the sun would go down behind the mountains. The image of these windows and the lighting changes stayed with me when I got back to Houston. I was preparing for an art show one evening and used a flashlight to go back to my studio. I noticed some flowers that were illuminated by the light from my flashlight and it struck me that the flowers were blooming at night. This reminded me of the stained glass windows in Austria and my “Night Blooms” series was born.
I have worked in construction most of my life as a crew member, handyman, and real estate investor. My construction experience has concentrated on the reconstruction of damaged properties. 10 years ago, I became a licensed public insurance adjuster.
People ask me how do I see the flood damages differently and why am I so optimistic? This comes from my viewpoint of repairing damaged homes for 50 years and as a public insurance adjuster. The beautiful home is still there, but it needs drywall, baseboards, flooring, paint etc. – to emerge again from the darkness the homeowner sees. If I can help my clients get the funds they need to rebuild – that beautiful home will reappear.
To illustrate this – I have combined my Night Blooms and Texas Wildflowers to create my “Harvey Recovery – Wildflower Series”.
I will be introducing the Harvey Recovery series at the Bayou City Memorial Park festival in March. Come by and tell me what you think of my new work. See you then.
After my recent visit to New York, I decided it was time for my art to step up it’s game. I have completely revamped my website as well as the process of how I paint. Moving forward the material I use for my canvases will no longer be recycled billboard vinyl and I’m going to begin the process of print work. It was time I took things up a notch and my hope is that in the near future I will be able to sell my paintings through this website.
This section of my website will be dedicated to current news, shows, and inspiration I’ve had. I highly encourage all of you to subscribe on my email list and follow me on social media. I promise I won’t spam your inbox every week or even month. Stay tuned!
My studio is where I unwind and paint. It was a shed where the prior owners of our house stored tools and pool supplies. I modified it to be my studio, fully functional to get the job done. I have doctored it up with air conditioning, shelving, storage, and a sound system. I enjoy going out there to zone out and de-stress. It is small, but efficient. I’m still painting with the same 35 year old sign painter brushes. Although I update my collections as they tire out. Below is the first painting of my flower series I entered in a juried show in July of 2011. The show was at the Fine Arts Department at the Houston Community College. It was installed outside the gallery and was the first art piece seen as people came to the show. When the show closed, the university asked to keep the piece on permanent display.
Since this show (July 2011) I have sold a total of 89 of my flower paintings
The idea to use sign painting techniques came to me while painting billboards like this one.
I experimented with using billboard vinyl and having a painting surface that is similar to canvas and waterproof at the same time.