BFA (figure studies) Eastern Michigan University 1987
Portfolio Center Atlanta, GA (Art Direction/Graphic Design) 1993
Worked as an ad agency art director for 10 years
Full time artist 2004 to present
I prefer to paint directly from life when possible. It's easier to study the effect of the light on a subject. There's no substitute for that. I try as often as possible to take my little cigar box set up and get out into the landscape with friends and plein air paint.
But sometimes it's just not possible and we have to work with photographs so I try to take them in natural light and fuss till I get the effect I want.
Like I tell my students over and over, if you get the lighting on your subject just right the painting can just about paint itself. Well, except for that color mixing part. And really nailing your values... but other than that...
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