I'm a late bloomer and started my painting career in my late twenties while living in California . I started out as an abstract expressionist, but found that my abstracts would end up as portraits - funky portraits, but still portraits. As an avid sports fan, it made sense to paint portraits of celebrity athletes that I admired, so here I am today painting portraits and loving every minute of it.
I am self taught, though I wish I had attended art school instead of pursuing a degree in Finance. I work with acrylics and use photography books or images I download from the internet as my models.
Though I've been painting for over 15 years, it wasn't until this past year that I started to market my work and put my paintings out there on the internet to be judged. The reviews so far have been mostly positive and I've even been featured on MLB.com.
My work has been described as whimsical. At the risk of sounding like a moron, my goal is to come away with something cool. I've found that my best paintings are the ones where I have the most happy accidents, so I really try to tap into my subconscious or right brain and not analyze every stroke. It reminds me of the Yogi Berra quote, "How the hell are you gonna hit and think at the same time?" I stay loose, try not to think, go with the flow and have faith that I'll eventually discover something that I couldn't have created on my own, at least consciously.
I'm a Connecticut native and am a fan of the New York Yankees and Oakland Raiders teams of the 70's and 80's.