"Art must be an expression of love or it's nothing."
I think the most exciting thing about art is that there is always something new to discover and learn. If you are reading this you may be looking for clues as to how I create my paintings. It is a compliment when other painters contact me for tips and suggestions on bettering their work. There was a point when teaching art fit into my schedule, and I really enjoyed working directly with other creative people. I still find other ways to keep up with a network of supportive artists.
The way I choose to work with paint is unique to me. Eighteen years of consistent painting and a fine art degree led me here. It did not happen overnight. A personal style develops from attempting many approaches until you have found the right mix of factors. Creating something out of nothing means there are an unlimited amount of opportunities, but absolutely no excuses for recreating and claiming what another artist has already accomplished. It's really amazing to think about all of the possibilities art provides. I encourage artists on every level to make your strokes all your own. Don't sell yourself short. Those canvases come empty for a reason. Stay eager and keep searching within yourself for your own unique inspiration.
I am disappointed that I can no longer share details about my process. Sadly, due to the increasing number of copycats and knock-offs, it has become necessary to state that stealing ideas from another artist is not only hurtful and insulting, but the act of copying art and design for profitable purposes is damaging to the careers of many talented, hard-working people. Using another person's ideas and progress for your own gain is dishonorable to everyone involved. The network of respectful professionals that I work with are proactively tracking copiers through social media and websites. My representatives expect me to defend my art and the integrity of our businesses. Please remember your manners, and continue to enjoy art the way it is intended. It's much more fun to support each other than to compete.