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The Journey from Childhood artist, Entertainment artist, to Fine Art paintings
Born and raised in Ocean Springs, MS. 1972, I honed my craft by connecting my art with real-world people and situations. From as early as 4, my parents recognized my passion for creating. As a young boy, I would often draw portraits of locals who frequented his Grandfather's cafe'
At age 11, My grandmother introduced him to the airbrush. This was a new outlet to produce art on a variety of surfaces.
At age 19, I found work at a local mall in a t-shirt shop, creating art for thousands over the next few years.
This daily interaction with the locals and tourists turned into the ability to easily understand what my customers were looking for. "Airbrushing t-shirts wasn't in my master plan, but I enjoyed it and looked at as a stepping stone, something my father would always tell me...."
My parents were always encouraging and positive forces in my life to believe I could accomplish anything I set out for."
As my career progressed, I would continue to take on new challenging surfaces. From Automotive and Motorcycle art, Flame jobs, to racey graphics on race boats, home and business mural, even the bottoms of swimming pools.
Eventually, I found myself working heavily in the entertainment business. It was my calling, Blacklight mural artistry, Fire painting, and Large murals in the entertainment industry. After ending my retail/graphics career in 98, I began my new mural adventure in 2000 in Los Angeles. With a backpack of airbrushes and automotive spray guns, a journey into over 100 cities and Canada to create mural and blacklight art for the entertainment industry.
Through creating great networks of clients, I established a following in these viable networks and became sought after from companies such as The Cordish Companies, Guy Fieri Smokehouse Restaurants, Margaritaville Resorts, Brunswick Corporation, The International Roller Skating Association, Cinergy Entertainment Group, Lasertron Inc.
My artwork has been featured in press releases in Long Island, NY Massapequa Observer,
The St Louis Today, the USA today, and on The Discovery Channel, CSI Las Vegas, various country music videos and concerts such as Jake Owen and Reba Mcentire. His Motorcycle artwork, which was recently posted on Tommy Lee of Motley Crue's Instagram, was the World's first dual Hubless Motorcycle, featured in the Clinton Library.
Some celebrity clients include Guy Fieri, Barbara Bach (Daisy Duke), Ty Law of the New England Patriots, and legendary basketball superstar, Shaquille Oneal.
The transition from Commercial artist to Canvases
" I consider myself to be extremely blessed to have traveled to so many cities painting murals for so many great clients. I'm anxious to make a complete transition to the fine art world "
Recently relocated (8/2018) from NW Florida to Central Phoenix, AZ to focus on the art in the area.
In my earlier years of automotive art, I used a technique that allows light to scatter across surfaces, lots of opaque and transparent layers, creating Luminescence. My techniques for brush strokes include the use of heavy acrylics, fast brush strokes, palette knife, and finger smearing.
" With every new painting, comes an invention of texture and light, capturing nature's most amazing creatures, beautiful seascapes, and southwest landscapes. "
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