I’ve been working long and hard since Spring of 2016, re-inventing
myself to find that sweet spot with my art. There has been lots of experimentation from my first adventures with oil, stuffed canvas, drawings and finally acrylics as I've found my way.
This isn’t to say that I’m a novice, however thirty plus years away from the easel certainly will put some rust on the tires.
By August of 2016 I was on my way producing paintings that were directed in a path I’ve been satisfied with allowing me to grow. Unlike school I wasn’t looking for anyone telling me the good, bad and ugly. I felt I could figure that out myself.
In December of 2016 my friend, Ron Fortier, came from his home on the coast of Portugal's Gold Coast for a month. We met a couple of times and traded insights. Ron brought up some minor technique issues along with the size and scope of my work which were beneficial helping me to reach another level.
Ron brought my name up to the gallery owner, Luis Villanueva, of Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, MA. A few weeks later I receive a call from Luis. We meet and I find myself with a one-person show in February of 2017.
Some folks have said that everything is happening so fast for me. “How can this be?” “Seems so quick for just starting to paint, this is supposed to take years.”
My answer, “It has taken years, over 40.”
My artistic tendencies weren’t lying dormant for all those years. I was working as a design professional getting my aesthetic ideas out in the publishing/design industry. The painter was always working hard in the background.
The road ahead will be bumpy at times, it always is. Yet I’ve found my way and will be pushing hard on the many roads yet to travel.
How sweet it has been.
How sweet it will continue to be.