I grew up on a farm in southern Ohio. Strong women have been prominent in my life; the strength and earthiness of women have influenced the development of my technique and art process. Much of my artwork depicts female figures working and doing chores around the farm.
As a self-taught artist, I never took formal art classes in school or college. It wasn't until I went backpacking through Europe and visited the great cities and museums that I realized the way to express my thoughts and emotions was through art.
My mentor was and still is Clyde Connell, who passed away a couple of years ago. Her work possessed so much honesty and emotion. Its this honesty and emotion that I hope to achieve in my work.
Art is also a way for me to connect to memories and feelings from the past. I want to help viewers picture thoughts, whether good or bad; thoughts that help create the emotions that I seek to express in my art.
I hope that through my work viewers will find a meaningful link to roads traveled and people met.