grew up in Middlesboro, Ky and left there after high school
graduation in 1965. The U.S. Army made of me a Russian
linguist during the Cold War and I helped to man one of those
rumored listening posts. In January, 2010 I returned to the
Tri-State to buy
a home in Tazewell, Tn. I found and joined MAA in May, 2012.
1974 I took my bachelor's in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State
Univ. in Atlanta. My work career however was as a mainframe
computer programmer/consultant. In 2003 I took my retirement
from the workplace, went to my basement 'studio' and began the
arduous process of retraining the hand-eye-brain coordination to
produce acceptable images. The knowledge I had kept current
but the dexterity was completely shot.
2009 I took a second place ribbon in The Art of the Golden
Generation juried show (sponsored by Kennesaw State Univ.) with a
large charcoal and an Honorable Mention in the 2012 MAA juried
show with an oil portrait of my daughter. I'm scheduled for
a large exhibit at the Morristown-Hamblen County Library in February/March,
subjects I choose for myself are typically meditative and somehow
symbolic of the particular area wherein I find myself. In
translating that place into an artwork I may choose any of a
number of media and stylistic components.
I'm quite competent in oils I'm primarily a draughtsman. In
that I follow a long tradition dating to the oldest of the
prehistoric caves in France where there are no paintings but only
drawings on the walls in Chavet Pont d'Arc some 35,000 years
ago. It seems that humans have always been artists.