My Art is on Display
Kentucky Ave Lakeland, FL 33801
Artists who have influenced my style
My interest in fine art goes back many years to a
couple of basic oil painting class I took in Crown Point, Indiana, in 1976.
I became very interested in oils, created many paintings, sold a few, but
gave most away as gifts to family and friends.
Because of increasing job responsibilities, and the need to get an advanced
degree, I slowed down and even stopped painting for many years. Around 1994 my interest in oils was rekindled after viewing some PBS
television broadcasts of a well known painter named Bob Ross.
technique he uses and tools are much simpler and faster than what I
remembered about oil painting many years ago, so I took up the methods and
style of Bob Ross to see how they worked. Bob Ross had an untimely death in
1995 but his work and PBS television shows live on. All of the tools and
paints he invented are widely available through many art dealers.
Also in 1994 my interest in watercolors developed,
primarily because the medium was less toxic and easier to clean up and use.
However watercolor painting is much tougher to control and create than oils.
I began by taking a watercolor workshop with another well known painter
named Tony Couch. His focus on design and creating "symbols" in watercolor
got me hooked on this medium.
really like the look of his water colors. His style is to paint wet-into
wet, which is also difficult to control, but some of the effects are
I continued my watercolor training with two other well known watercolor
artists, Tom Lynch and Tony van Hasselt, and even took two more workshops
with Tony Couch.
In addition I have studied videos from another famous artist named Ron
Ranson, from England, who uses the large hake brush and only seven colors in
style is very loose and impressionistic but achieves great results. Ron
Ranson has since moved to the Portland Oregon area and gives workshops and
private lessons from his studio.
Since I have semi-retired and now have considerably more time to devote to
painting, working in both oil and watercolor gives me great pleasure and
satisfaction. I currently teach the Bob Ross style to several of my
neighbors in our local community and have a small group of beginning artists
who enjoy the activity and process of creating something beautiful from a
white piece of canvas in about four hours.
Recently one of my oil
painting students asked if we could paint some flowers. I have never been
much good at painting flowers but investigated the approach used in th Bob
Ross method with his partner Annette Kowalski and, after purchasing a few
paints and a couple of brushes, I created my first oil-based floral
may try one of these in a future class.
In 2011 I taught my first watercolor class for beginners in our community and have
taught several other watercolor workshops since. Tony Couch has graciously given
me permission to use one of his out-of-print books to use for the beginning
watercolor class which provides some very good exercises and paintings to
copy during the class.
I have several beginning watercolor students that are getting excited
about the beautiful effects one can achieve with this medium.
In 2012 I started my own You Tube Painting Channel
to share my painting techniques and style through free, full-length videos
of my painting process. As of this date I have over 70 free videos on my
channel and have over 23,000 subscribers.
I am currently a juried member of
The Hamilton County Artists' Association,
life member of the
Society of America and a member of the
Lakeland Art Guild.
Please enjoy my paintings and give me some feedback on what you think.