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The Experience of a Lifetime
Art is a bridge connecting the temporal with the eternal, the tangible with the imaginary, the seen with the unseen. It spans the distance between two souls—the artist’s and the viewer’s—and hopes to bring their worlds a little closer together.
I provide hand made fine art portraits in oil paint and drawing mediums, produced in the timeless traditions of classical techniques.
A painted portrait is a complex combination of the sitter and the painter, the present and the future, the physical and the spiritual. It differs from portrait photography in that a painting presents the complete and timeless qualities, personality, and expression of the individual as opposed to a moment in time.
The finite image on a stretched canvas contains the infinite expression of a complex human being, and places them on a field of immortality.
The goal of a painted portrait is to capture the essence of the subject. That takes time and effort for the artist and the patron.
The first step I take upon receiving a commission is to conduct an interview with the patron and/or sitter. The interview will deal with four main aspects of the patrons life: Family, Occupation, Recreation, Meaning (their purpose).
After the interview, photographs will be taken from which I will complete most of the painting. From the photographs and notes I will create color and compositional studies as ideas for the final portrait. These studies will be presented to the patron for final approval. Once the final approval has been given, I will complete the final painting in my studio.
My passion is exploring humanity with art. I feel that, with art, together we can achieve our dreams.
My past, like most, contains a swath of emotions. I was born in Kenya, Africa and at age nine moved to the United States. After high school in Portland, OR I received degrees in Bible and Ministry as well as Art. I later completed a BFA in Painting from Harding University. I then moved to Europe and finished my arts education at the Florence Academy of Art. Now I am living and creating art in Issaquah, WA with my beautiful wife, Bethany.