So many artist statements seem to start with the comment I've always enjoyed drawing. While this is certainly the case for me, it's always been limited to a relaxing pastime to be enjoyed for the pure pleasure of it as life permitted. To a much greater extent, my life has been consumed with work and the requirement to travel extensively to earn a living. I always regretted the time away from home.
Then in 2009 I noticed a local Community Ed painting class. I invited my grown daughter to join me as a way of making up some of that lost time. We enjoyed it immensely and I'll always treasure those Saturday mornings together. I also found that I enjoy painting much more than I ever thought that I would. I now find that an increasing share of my free time has become a quest to grow as an artist and improve my skills.
Art has also opened another dimension in my life. It is regrettable that my father passed before my daughter was born and that they never met. I have stories and some photos that give her some sense of who he was and what was important to him. At the time of this writing, I have three grandchildren of my own with a promise of more to come. I see the day when I will have great grandchildren and beyond. It's important to me that I'll have these images to pass on so that they can share how I see the world in my own time and what I value.
While the quantity of what I produce is somewhat limited, the open spaces around my home have begun to fill with my work and the original work of other artists I admire. Visitors to my home and my friends on Facebook have been very kind in their comments. For someone that paints mostly for my own satisfaction, it's been very gratifying to know that so many others have also found pleasure and meaning in what I've done.
Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions regarding painting as a pastime or the contents of this web site.
There are moments in out lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign posts on the way to what may be. Sign posts toward greater knowledge.
The Art Spirit