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I originally began creating artwork in high school, after my grandfather passed away as a tribute to his work as an artist.
I received my BFA Degree in Painting/ Drawing, BA in Art Education, and Minor in Photographic Studies from California State University, Chico. My work has been in various shows on the University campus as well as within the community of Chico.
My preferred mediums are graphite and watercolor. With graphite, I especially enjoy the use of high contrast. In my watercolor paintings I love to build up colors with layering and mix the colors on the paper.
When creating pieces with graphite or watercolor, I use 100% cotton rag paper. Many of my watercolor pieces are done on 300lb Arches cold press paper.
Mainly I'm inspired in my portraiture by the idea that a person's personality can be brought out so much by their facial expressions or their body language. Without having to meet or even speak to a person, you can learn quite a bit about them, just by seeing them.
I have been further inspired by other artists such as Gottfried Helnwein, Alice Neel, and Richard Avedon.