There is not a lot of difference between art and music for this artist. He was used having a house that has singing and painting all the time. When he finally entered school it was stunned to learn that some kids did not like drawing or singing. Now he is a musician having given art a rest during his teen years to concentrate on music. In order to earn money, he would play with local bands as opposed to washing cards all day.
For the next 30 years he played music. The thought of art and painting only came about 12 years ago. When he tried it out, he has not stopped. Today, he still does singings and of course painting as well. Only now, his subjects are a bit more in depth.
Wanting to learn about oil painting he solicited the help of a fellow musician who was also known as an artist. While under the guidance of his mentor, he practiced his realistic style. Some of his pieces that resulted from those lessons were a painting that was chosen as a promotional print the year it was painted, and a portrait of a long haired, white cat.
What you want to say will come out in the end results. Emotional impact is important hence, in each scene that is what he looks for. He makes sure that the image of a person he is painting is flattering. In terms of flattery, the right lighting is everything.
Your images will become more three dimensional if you are able to capture the right lighting and shadow depth. A lot of times his watercolors are seen as oils. Watercolor is easy and simple to use in paintings he says.
He was asked to paint a mural for a couple who live in the Clover Hill section of Frederick which is one of his biggest assignments to this day. In their home, the scene occupied one whole wall which was of colonial Williamsburg. Symbolizing their love for the early American village is this mural that covers one wall in their house. The mural, 10 feet wide by 4 feet tall, shows a fictional street scene.
Wanting to make the mural more authentic he added some drawings of wagons and people dressed in colonial garb and hollyhocks. Carrying on with the project he was working around six to 12 hours a day four days a week. For his rehearsals, he would spend the next three days for it. According to him painting drains one both physically and mentally. One needs all the concentration he can get when doing this.