My family moved from North Carolina to Princess Anne County when I was nine. After living in several locations in the Norfolk area, we finally settled into the Willoughby-Oceanview area when I was about 14 years old. I loved the beach, the Amusement Park and working as a delivery driver during high school for Tucker Drugs Store in Oceanview.
I studied art for three years while attending Granby High School, until graduation in 1961. Yet, after meeting my wife, and marrying in 1964, I never drew or painted another picture until 2019. In the meantime, my wife and I raised a lovely family, consisting of two children and lots of dogs and a cat, during our 45 year journey together. Our family now includes five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The youngest granddaughter is named Stevie, in memory of her grandmother.
In late 2019, an overwhelming desire to leave some part of me behind for my family led me to a small art class at my apartment complex. That “How to Draw a Face” class renewed my desire to paint and be creative again. By early 2020, I was drawing my grandchildren and painting landscapes using acrylics, watercolors and occasionally watercolor pencils.
I enjoy mixing media to explore different effects. Stepping a little further out of the box, I explored alcohol ink, sometimes adding acrylics to the alcohol to create some really cool-looking pieces. I believe expressionism is the most fitting word to describe my artwork. After such a long period away from painting, I know I have so much to learn. I am enjoying every minute of painting and creating once again.
Mountain Barn by the Stream: Watercolor
Winter Blizzard: Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
Ally's Painting: Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
Storm Passing: Watercolor
Emerald Lake: Acrylic on Watercolor Paper