For me, inspiration lives within. I love to paint, draw and be creative. I enjoy going to art festivals and galleries to see other artists’ work. Doing so keeps me motivated to keep pursuing my career in fine art. And it internally tells me that I can do the same as those people I admire. I draw some form of inspiration from artists I like. It’s either a photographer or an artist that is creating in a style other than mine. I think my creative tank gets filled by getting out and being in nature.
I moved to Montana to pursue my art career. I wanted to be surrounded by mountains, rivers, fresh air, eagles and other wildlife. I still plan on painting subject matters that appeal to me. I have years of ideas I could steadily produce. I hope to work on other styles other than realism. I am drawn to the looser painterly look, a mix of modern touches with realism, I also like to explore simpler shapes, maybe even more of a blocking in. I even have ideas of a graphical style. I am excited to get my work in front of people and see where it goes.
Outside of being an artist I enjoy doing photography with either a camera or a drone. It is a whole other set of creative skills. I like to take pictures with the thought of having an archive of photos I can paint from, the painting of the old house infront of the mountain was from a photo I shot.
I also enjoy hiking and being in nature. There’s something about hiking in beautiful places, smelling the air, hearing the birds, looking off in the distance, and seeing majestic mountains or rock cliffs. Or standing on a mountain top and looking in every direction and seeing a vast wonderland.
As I have stated prior I not only paint I do so much more. I have aligned my creative talent to many areas that has created a unique career path. I have worked in the sign industry back when we use to hand paint. I have airbrushed, I tattooed for 27 years, I have designed landscaping. I have and still enjoy working with clients on home remodeling projects. Helping them rethink the living space and redesigning with them. Picking out materials and sketching and even producing polished designs to submit to the city or contractors. I still work as a visual designer with a focus on branding. I also do User Experience for digital products. I have started a clothing company to produce some of my ideas. I have done so many things creatively. And I feel very blessed to be able to use my talent to create a unique career.