The Gentleman Artist
Story and Philosophy
When I was a teenager, my family and I visited Washington's Crossing in New Jersey. In the visitor's center was a reproduction of Gilbert Stuart's famous unfinished portrait of George Washington. There was something about that painting which struck me with such force that I remain captivated by it to this day. It vibrates with so much living presence, and captures so many admirable qualities. In fact, I have often paid homage to it in my own work.
I have always been an artist, but it was a long time before I dedicated myself to being primarily a portraitist. My original artistic motivation was, and still is, to create work which I want to have in my own life - art which beautifies, inspires and ennobles. It is about deliberately creating environments which are attractive, and support the greatest human achievements. My philosophical approach to portrait painting was born out of that impulse.
Overcoming Adversity Requires Mastery
Pursuing a career as an artist is a struggle. There are no two ways about it. Although I graduated from a university art program, such credentials mean very little. All that matters is what one can do.
The creative process demands improvement in every possible way. Clarity of vision and expression are paramount. Without them, nothing cogent can be expressed. Life is like that for everyone. It's just that the lives led by many people seem to camouflage such things. In the arts, there is no escaping it. Struggle is often the best teacher, and I have learned a great deal from long years of experience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. No doubt you can relate. Success in everything is built the same way.
IT IS MY MISSION TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE GREATNESS YOU HAVE INSIDE LOOKS LIKE