I've been drawing and painting since I was a little boy. I remember, when I was five or six, in Alaska, my mother cutting up paper bags for me to use, scrawling pictures.
It's been a casual hobby all my life, but in the past ten or fifteen years it's become more serious; more central. It started out with a simple idea, which I read in some forgotten magazine: keep a watercolor diary of your travels. It sounded like fun, more fun than taking snapshots, so over the years I've filled up a few notebooks with travel sketches.
Of course it's easy to get hooked. I play with oils and pastels as well as ink and watercolor, and even when I'm at home, I'll bike out and do landscapes. Once a week I go to a studio and draw and paint nudes, and I'm sure my wife believes that I spend several hours staring at naked women purely for the sake of art.
In June of '99 I had my first show, and actually sold a few paintings, so now I've graduated from "amateur artist" to "amateur artist who can deduct the cost of his supplies." The only annoying thing is that nobody bought pictures that I wanted to get RID of! They just bought the good ones. Just have to paint some more.
Anyhow, here are snapshots of some of my pictures.
A couple of 20-25 minute nude sketches, ink and watercolor --
For a show in April 2003, I'm doing a series of fantastic abstracts. Here are a few of them --
Some travel diary stuff --