Featured Central Illinois Artist:
What is your art?
I work mostly with paint, but I enjoy sculpting too. I play guitar and have written quite a few songs. Maybe you’ve caught my duo, “The Roastineers”, performing around town.
If art is not your full-time career what is your job?
I’ve worked in the field of graphic design for over 25 years.
What is your age?
I was born in the spring of 1964.
Where were you born?
I was born right here in the heartland of Central Illinois.
Where do you live now?
I currently live near Abe Lincolns’ old stomping grounds – New Salem in Petersburg.
When did you fall in love with art and/or discover your talent?
My brother, Mark, deserves the credit (or blame) here. When we were children, I was always asking him to draw for me. One day he said to me “do it yourself…I’m sick of drawing for you.” So I did, and have never stopped.
What training do you have or are you self-taught?
I think every artist is self-taught. You have to put the time in - there are no shortcuts. It helps to have an obsessive personality. As for any formal training, I have a degree from the Colorado Art Institute.
Who or what influences your work?
Many artists have inspired me. From Andrew Wyeth to Maxfield Parrish, from Salvador Dali to Bill Watterson. Music is a great inspiration to me also.
What do you love about art?
I love how I can think about the art I want to create even when I’m not at my drawing board. Art is an excuse to daydream.
How many hours a week are you using your artistic skills?
I am always drawing. I doodle incessantly. I can’t help it. I just have to do it.
How would you describe your art?
My style is a bit folksy I suppose. I do like to incorporate lettering and/or design elements into my work. That’s probably a product of my graphic design experience.
Of what art project are you most proud?
Most recently I was proud my portrait won the Abe Lincoln contest at the Illinois Times. I was honored my painting was selected from so many great local artists work. You can see it on the cover of Springfield Visitor magazine, at hotel lobbies and gas stations, all over the capital city.
How has your art changed over the years?
I like to think my art has become a bit more refined over the years - both in presentation and technique. Displaying work in galleries forces you to hone your craftsmanship. I refurbish frames, cut glass and matte my pieces. If your presentation is sloppy, it takes away from your work.
How can people find out more about you?
Read Eighteen21.com! Or, I post a lot of art on my Facebook page.