Pasadena City College, 2005, in progress
After having been laid off from a job with a promising future, I suddenly had a lot of free time on my hands. With help and encouragement from my good friend Neal Breton (a talented and accomplished artist in his own right), I turned to painting as a way to cope with my newfound free time. Soon what was intended to be a distraction and a way to fill up idle time became a new passion.
Using the few skills that I had acquired from a high school art class, I began producing paintings that quickly found their way into various group art exhibitions. Though I have been able to effectively express myself with little formal training, I realized that would I soon feel limited by my own abilities. I have recently started to further my artistic education and I'm presently studying art and graphic design at both Pasadena City College and Platt College.
Most of works that I have produced are directly influenced by popular culture, but it is music in particular that has had the greatest influence on the majority of my paintings. Attractive young women had previously dominated the rest of my works because I thought they were just as captivating as famous musicians, but I have recently changed my mind. I've made the conscious decision to challenge myself by attempting to make "regular guys" that I know look as interesting as my own musical heroes. I'm also currently branching out into mediums that I haven't previously like watercolor, pen and ink and works that include the use of vinyl LP's and 45's.