Over the years I have experimented with many different methods and materials. I have
gradually discarded those that don't work so well for me, and kept those that do.
It's been a process of trial and error, but aided by my years of schooling in art
through college and, more importantly, tips and advice from my father. The following
describes the creation of most of my work but is not intended to be all inclusive.
Generally I start with stretcher bars and a piece of canvas. I now normally stretch
my own canvases. Once the canvas is ready, I put it on my easel in my studio. Then
I will lightly pencil out the composition. The source of the composition could be
from photographs I have taken; it could be a single photograph, or a combination
of elements from multiple photos. I like to use photos that I've taken myself, because
then I've been there and know the spot. That makes it easier to put personal emotion
into the painting. Sometimes I won't use photos, and instead rely on memory alone.
At times I will design a painting, sort of creating my own scene from my imagination.
Sometimes a painting will be a mixture of all of the above.