I started painting in the summer of 2012. I had just started dating my now-wife, Georgia, when Hurricane Isaac rolled through New Orleans. We'd lost power and gone through our board games, and she suggested we paint. I had never drawn or painted in my adult life. But didn't want to seem like a stick-in-the-mud, so I painted. And I loved it. And I have painted like a man possessed ever since.
Because I'm self-taught, I am still figuring things out, and my style is evolving as l learn. I generally try to use quick, expressive brush strokes. Just enough to suggest the object I'm trying to capture. At the same time, I want those brush strokes to have a rhythm, so the painting has a sense of movement. And I want each stroke to include color that conveys the light and the mood of the scene. Those are the three things that always drive my decision-making process from start to finish. But there's a world of possibility within those three guideposts. That's what makes painting so I exciting to me.
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