Thanks so much for your interest in my work, and for taking the time to visit! I appreciate it more than words can convey. I'd like to take a few minutes to tell you about myself, and to share a bit about my work and perspective.
I grew up in the American South during the '90's, and in many ways, I feel very fortunate to have done so. I find that growing up with one foot on this dusty, traditional landscape and the other in the dawning information age helped me to develop a unique — and hopefully useful — perspective. As a little boy, I loved to draw, and I did so out of necessity. Television and the internet were able to bring new exposures even to those of us coming of age in rural communities, but these communities still lacked much to attract the interest of or offer an outlet to a young humanist, so a drawing hobby was perfect, and was the beginning of a lifetime of art-making and art-loving.
These conflicts of time, place, and cohort are still a driving force in my life and work. The relationship between conservative experiences and progressive sentiments, the intersections of classical aesthetics, outsider tastes, and modern sensibilities, and the exchange and friction between rural and technological living are essential to my outlook and to my work.
Artmaking in the Digital Age
Art and the process of creating it have undoubtedly been transformed by the power of the internet, as well as the development of the innumerable tools which today aid artists of every walk.
Early in my life, I didn't go anywhere without a pencil and pad or stack of paper. This eventually grew into my teenage years being literally marked by a very messy exploration of oil painting.
In college, I took undergraduate classes in drawing, painting, and ceramics. I loved (and still love) these media immensely, but important qualities I desire in my tools are portability, immediacy and flexibility. This is a huge drawback of painting and ceramics for me. I feel held-back by the delays inherent to the tools.
During this same period, while formally learning about these traditional, tactile media, I began experimenting more and more with what I felt was the future of my craft: digital media.
Today, my primary tools for creating art are Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk products, Blender, a PC and pen-tablet, a smart-phone, and the internet itself. Just like the pencil and paper of my childhood, these tools are largely portable, versatile, and provide immediate feedback.
My work is largely interested in the relationship between conservative and modern sensibilities, and is informed visually by a classical sensitivity paired with modern stylings.
I have a deep appreciation for the work of Michelangelo and the artists of the Renaissance in general, as well as artists from the French Academy — namely, William Adolphe Bouguereau.
Some of my favorite work, however, was born from the push-back against the Academy. I am fascinated by those moments in history wherein stoic technique has given way to expressionism — those moments during which the two meet and create something that is more than either alone.
Education and Evolution
I attended College of Coastal Georgia beginning in 2011, where I studied art with the goal of eventually teaching. There, I was lucky enough to study under Professor Jeff LeMieux, who supported my classical/academic aesthetic leanings; however, I chose to leave before taking a degree, and have found that artmaking and independent learning are essential sources of happiness in my life.
For the most part, my work has moved away from physical media in recent years, though traditional drawing is still my most cherished pastime. Also, my digital artmaking depends on and is greatly benefitted by the solid foundation provided my many years of traditional drawing and learning.
These days, I enjoy digital drawing and painting and 2D and 3D illustration.
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