I was born several years ago at a very young age. I have a degree I don't currently use, which is cool I guess. I work in a studio at Lowe Mill ARTS&Entertainment, the largest privately owned Arts Center in the USA, located in Huntsville, AL, the Rocket City. I began drawing as a little boy, and always had a natural gift at drawing, but it wasn't until I was in my early 20s that I really began to experience creativity in my drawing (I had always been more creative in my music). I began with pencil, transitioned to ballpoint (got chewed out for it by a professor), transitioned to watercolor, and then onto India Ink. My main/preferred medium is a combination of ballpoint and India Ink.
I gather inspiration from so many places. One of the biggest sources of inspiration for my work is dreams, both deep dreams within, and the strange way I see the world in my sleep. This has lead to my current series, Evolution of a Dream, inspired by recurring dreams of abandoned rockets.
Other sources of fuel for the art is Coffee, Music (especially music that either feels like the dreams I dream, or the world I dream of), my love for animals (I just always want to hug them when I see them, even if it’s a grizzly bear), Weather and lighting in conjunction with the landscape and/or cityscape, anything that reminds me of the dreams I’ve had, abandoned places and weathered/aged metal on rockets and jets. Rockets and Jets have been a huge source of inspiration for the art the past few years, mostly as works of art with personality more than their intended purpose. My personality (obviously) is ingrained in my work, including my humor and the deep contemplative, dreaming side - I love to imagine the extremes and absurdities of things, and illustrate them in a way that appeals to the childish/childlike side. Also ingrained in my art is my love for kids, and the desire to help them realize who they are meant to be. That may be partly due to the fact that I’m basically a big kid ( I must have been Peter Pan in another life). And I think being a big kid plays a huge part in my work, having an imagination that never faded, and still seeing the world through the eyes of the over-exaggerated dreams of a childlike mind. Was that sentence grammatically correct? If not, who cares? I never want people to outgrow that part of themselves.
Most importantly, Faith is ingrained in art (and music), as it is an expression of an inner world I’ve been on an endless journey to describe and articulate since I was a teenager. In recent years, my work has been a sort of journaling a healing process from times of intense pain, transitioning back to a childlike place. I love to incorporate humor into my work as a way of making heavy subject matter more easily digestible. I love to express from a desire to see the world the way I do in my dreams. I express from the perspective of the kid I want to grow up to be again. Likewise, my desire is to see people inspired to see the world from a childlike perspective again. I want my work to spark dreams in those who take it in. I want God to speak to people through my art and my music. I want to see a reverse metamorphosis from the tired adults we’ve become, back to the adventurous, loving, inspired, imaginative children we were meant to be. This life is supposed to be an adventure, not a prison sentence. I want to help free people from their prisons and release them into what they are meant for.