A published artist, writer, art professor, and voice-over actor, he earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the U. L. at Lafayette. He works as an illustrator, graphic designer, digital & fine artist, educator & voice-over actor. An avid artist rights advocate, he has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his volunteer work and contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A. His award-winning work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work has been published in Acrylic Artists Magazine and North Light Books’ - Acrylic Works: Best of Acrylic Competition. Recognized with awards from Adobe Design, the International Society of Acrylic Painters, the Society of Illustrators, the California Art League & others, he was also honored twice with an Artistic Director Award for Set Design/Scenic Art from the Valley Theatre League. He has traveled extensively; living & working at times as an artist in Norway, Denmark, England, and Japan.
The nature of my work is that through the use of varied imagery, classical & digital painting techniques & sometimes humor, I often create a visual commentary on topical societal issues and encourage the viewer to contemplate their response. My paintings are often inspired by my Native American roots (Choctaw) and my spiritual quest with studies in Jungian symbolism. I hope the viewer is inspired to be more aware of their global connections to each other, and to nature & to take personal responsibility for effecting positive change in society. Sometimes, I use acrylics, digital or mixed media to create my images.
While some of my landscapes may seem more representational, there is always a spiritual energy that emanates from them and my allegorical images breathe an almost mystical “ah-ha” as I reveal something of myself in the painting process. I create my fantasy pieces to delight & entertain, touching that inner child that is within each of us.